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Dietitians and Nutritionists Salary Information

The salary statistics of dietitians and nutritionists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of dietitians and nutritionists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The dietitians and nutritionists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Dietitians and Nutritionists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,910
25th Percentile Wage
$47,720
50th Percentile Wage
$59,410
75th Percentile Wage
$72,490
90th Percentile Wage
$83,070

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for dietitians and nutritionists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) dietitians and nutritionists is $83,070. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,910. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 125% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of dietitians and nutritionists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,410
0.82% 7.02%
2016
$58,920
1.71% -
2015
$57,910
1.66% -
2014
$56,950
1.81% -
2013
$55,920
1.22% -
2012
$55,240
- -

Table 2. Dietitians and Nutritionists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of dietitians and nutritionists in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for dietitians and nutritionists occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $67,910. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $51,210).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$67,910
Finance and Insurance
$64,790
Wholesale Trade
$63,750
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,370
Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,180
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,010
Accommodation and Food Services
$58,280
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,910
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$57,100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,320
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$52,990
Educational Services
$52,750
Retail Trade
$51,210

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Dietitians and Nutritionists by States

From the above tables we note that not only dietitians and nutritionists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of dietitians and nutritionists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $35,080 to $73,870. The highest paying state for dietitians and nutritionists is California with a median annual salary of $73,870. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $35,080. For more salary information of dietitians and nutritionists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
California
$73,870
Oregon
$67,670
Hawaii
$67,570
Connecticut
$67,550
Rhode Island
$67,020
New Jersey
$66,830
Maryland
$66,700
Alaska
$66,490
Nevada
$66,370
Delaware
$65,470
New York
$64,440
Washington
$63,040
District of Columbia
$62,290
Massachusetts
$62,290
Minnesota
$60,810
New Hampshire
$60,510
Virginia
$60,040
Colorado
$59,890
Florida
$58,920
Wyoming
$57,940
Pennsylvania
$57,730
Ohio
$57,380
Illinois
$57,320
Kentucky
$57,190
Maine
$57,170
West Virginia
$56,500
Nebraska
$56,400
Wisconsin
$56,380
Texas
$56,190
Vermont
$56,120
Idaho
$56,100
Michigan
$55,480
Arizona
$55,160
Oklahoma
$54,880
Kansas
$54,850
South Dakota
$54,360
Tennessee
$54,300
North Dakota
$54,130
Alabama
$53,940
Indiana
$53,710
North Carolina
$53,540
Utah
$53,130
Arkansas
$53,000
South Carolina
$52,620
Montana
$52,130
Louisiana
$51,780
Georgia
$51,760
New Mexico
$51,610
Iowa
$50,160
Missouri
$48,830
Mississippi
$48,360
Guam
$40,210
Puerto Rico
$35,080



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