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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Dietitians and Nutritionists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,470
25th Percentile Wage
$47,200
50th Percentile Wage
$58,920
75th Percentile Wage
$71,840
90th Percentile Wage
$82,410

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 $82,410. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,470. Take note 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 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of dietitians and nutritionists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201658,9201.71%6.25%
201557,9101.66%-
201456,9501.81%-
201355,9201.22%-
201255,240--

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 $67,280. The lowest paying sector is the real estate and rental and leasing sector (annual salary $46,560).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$67,280
Finance and Insurance
$62,170
Wholesale Trade
$61,520
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,370
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$61,250
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$59,950
Health Care and Social Assistance
$59,870
Accommodation and Food Services
$56,450
Federal, State, and Local Government
$56,230
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$56,200
Educational Services
$55,680
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,000
Retail Trade
$49,410
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$46,560

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 $34,070 to $73,030. The highest paying state for dietitians and nutritionists is California with a median annual salary of $73,030. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $34,070. 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
$73,030
Oregon
$68,090
New Jersey
$66,550
Connecticut
$66,380
Maryland
$66,200
Hawaii
$66,120
Washington
$66,010
Rhode Island
$65,560
Nevada
$65,210
Alaska
$64,480
District of Columbia
$63,160
New York
$63,000
Delaware
$62,560
New Hampshire
$61,450
Minnesota
$59,700
Massachusetts
$59,470
Colorado
$58,640
Maine
$58,100
Virginia
$57,810
Texas
$57,750
Ohio
$57,350
West Virginia
$57,240
Wyoming
$57,080
Illinois
$56,840
Pennsylvania
$56,480
Florida
$56,310
Vermont
$56,120
Wisconsin
$55,880
Kentucky
$55,860
Michigan
$55,740
Indiana
$55,430
Kansas
$54,740
Arizona
$54,400
Tennessee
$54,310
Idaho
$54,010
Nebraska
$53,930
Oklahoma
$53,910
Arkansas
$53,840
New Mexico
$53,830
Alabama
$53,540
North Carolina
$53,340
Iowa
$53,180
Georgia
$52,720
South Dakota
$51,280
North Dakota
$51,060
South Carolina
$50,930
Louisiana
$50,430
Utah
$50,150
Montana
$48,650
Missouri
$48,300
Mississippi
$45,960
Guam
$37,460
Puerto Rico
$34,070


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