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Median Annual Salary

Nutritionists provide valuable knowledge and skills in a wide variety of job settings. Those skills are increasingly in demand, and salaries are rising along with that demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that nutritionists earned a median salary of $66,450 per year, with the highest 10% in the field earning over $95,130.

Take a look at salaries by state.

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National data

Median Salary: $66,450

Projected job growth: 6.6%

10th Percentile: $44,140

25th Percentile: $56,490

75th Percentile: $80,430

90th Percentile: $95,130

Projected job growth: 6.6%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $60,320 $37,210 $80,500
Alaska $74,340 $49,530 $95,100
Arizona $65,440 $49,890 $87,860
Arkansas $53,990 $37,120 $75,730
California $80,270 $30,600 $111,460
Colorado $74,700 $49,620 $92,920
Connecticut $75,680 $51,010 $93,430
Delaware $63,420 $54,490 $101,290
District of Columbia $85,380 $63,980 $103,010
Florida $63,240 $46,240 $81,910
Georgia $61,660 $36,970 $83,290
Hawaii $77,490 $56,490 $94,690
Idaho $62,530 $38,200 $85,290
Illinois $63,970 $42,890 $88,340
Indiana $61,700 $48,070 $81,660
Iowa $61,360 $46,150 $76,430
Kansas $62,590 $49,600 $88,490
Kentucky $61,910 $42,500 $78,520
Louisiana $62,290 $46,070 $81,720
Maine $67,630 $52,000 $129,450
Maryland $71,770 $55,200 $102,480
Massachusetts $66,050 $36,530 $94,180
Michigan $63,680 $48,830 $79,810
Minnesota $66,530 $52,320 $85,910
Mississippi $52,000 $23,550 $77,500
Missouri $59,590 $35,860 $78,670
Montana $60,840 $33,510 $77,440
Nebraska $63,180 $45,610 $80,160
Nevada $64,300 $35,750 $96,710
New Hampshire $67,840 $53,260 $87,840
New Jersey $80,140 $52,440 $107,290
New Mexico $63,960 $46,940 $79,010
New York $76,640 $50,820 $102,540
North Carolina $60,110 $44,350 $83,030
North Dakota $64,820 $50,570 $86,070
Ohio $62,650 $48,000 $79,440
Oklahoma $61,850 $36,670 $81,250
Oregon $75,160 $59,470 $98,410
Pennsylvania $63,320 $45,680 $84,940
Rhode Island $67,590 $51,120 $99,470
South Carolina $61,610 $33,860 $81,620
South Dakota $60,030 $47,720 $86,070
Tennessee $61,490 $31,160 $76,130
Texas $63,690 $43,210 $86,940
Utah $59,170 $33,580 $87,290
Vermont $72,900 $54,980 $96,700
Virginia $68,940 $44,420 $90,110
Washington $75,570 $54,280 $96,250
West Virginia $68,310 $48,870 $88,940
Wisconsin $62,650 $46,570 $81,720
Wyoming $63,510 $38,500 $93,030

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2022 median salary; projected job growth through 2032. Actual salaries may vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

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Where your salary falls will depend on your education, experience, workplace, specialty, and more.

“A person just starting may not expect to earn more than $60,000 per year,” says Divya L. Selvakumar PhD, RD, manager of the nutrition program at the Baltimore County Department of Aging. “However, the more experience, as well as the more education, the higher the salary.”

The wide range of salaries can also be attributed to the fact that many nutritionists run their own practices. As self-employed business owners, they are able to charge whatever they choose for their services.

Highest-Paying Cities for Nutritionists

The city in which you live can make a big difference in the salary you earn. Most of the highest paying cities for nutritionists are in California. If major cities aren’t for you, you can consider Alaska, where the median salary for nutritionists was $74,340 in 2022, or coastal Oregon, where it was $74,680. 

Metro Area Median Annual Salary
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA $102,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA $102,660
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA $97,760
Santa Rosa, CA $91,960
Modesto, CA $89,540
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA $86,220
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV $84,880
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA $84,600
Rochester, MN $84,600
Stockton-Lodi, CA $84,430

Factors that Impact Salary

Your salary as a nutritionist will be influenced by how you build your career. Your education, specialty, certifications you hold, and experience can all have a big impact on your take-home pay. By advancing your education or becoming certified, you could boost your salary. A combination of these factors could help you earn even more.

“High-level nutritionist salaries can be well over $100,000 per year, depending on the position, educational qualifications, and work experience,” says Selvakumar.


Your state and city can impact your paycheck. For example, in several Southeastern states, nutritionists earn a median salary of less than $55,000. By contrast, nutritionists on the West Coast earn over $64,000. Your city can have just as much of an impact as your state. Although most of the highest-paying cities are in California, the overall highest-paying state, this pattern doesn’t always hold true.

In Beckley, West Virginia, nutritionists earn an annual salary of $71,390, but the median salary for the state is $60,630. That’s a pretty substantial difference. You can see a similar difference in North Carolina, where the median salary is $59,490, but nutritionists in Durham, North Carolina, earn $66,020.

Degree Level

Education makes a big difference in your career. Earning a master’s degree or even a doctoral degree can allow you to apply for advanced and leadership positions. Advanced positions will require a high level of skill, dedication, and knowledge. In return, they generally offer higher salaries to the nutritionists who fill these demanding roles.


As you gain experience working in different workplaces with different clients, you’ll expand your skills and your knowledge. This can allow you to apply for higher-paying roles. Nutritionists with several years of experience can also consider going into private practice. In private practice, you can build your client base and your business. You’ll be able to set your own hours and your own rates.


Certifications are a great way to boost your career and your earning potential. Keep in mind that some states require specific licensure or certification for nutritionists. You’ll need to meet the requirements in your state before you can consider any additional certifications.

You can then earn certifications that match your career goals. For instance, you might consider earning a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN) certification if you want to work in hospitals or skilled care facilities. If you want to practice holistically focused nutrition, you can earn the Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition (BCHN) certification. These certifications can help you find work in specialized roles and might make a positive impact on your salary.


Where you work affects how much you earn. For instance, the BLS reports that nutritionists employed by the federal government earned an annual salary of $78,83 in 2021. Nutritionists employed in outpatient care centers and home health care also earned more than $72,000 a year. Conversely, nutritionists who worked in the offices of physicians and other healthcare providers earned a median salary of $69,320.


Your specialty can influence the direction your career takes. It might influence decisions like the certifications you earn or the places you work. It might be a large factor in opening your own practice or in pursuing leadership at a large facility. All these factors together will influence the salary you earn over the course of your career.

What’s the Demand for Nutritionists?

The importance of a well-balanced diet to support overall health and wellness is becoming more evident, and nutritionists are in high demand. Now is a great time to earn your education and get started in this growing field.

“Previously, the job as a nutritionist or dietitian paid quite low and was not very respected,” says Selvakumar, “but in the last 25 years, society has recognized the major contributions of nutritionists as counselors, clinicians, and educators.”

Cities with the highest level of employment

Metropolitan Areas Employment
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,670
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,160
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,570
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,510
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 1,450
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,130
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,060
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,040
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,040

How Do Nutritionist Salaries Compare?

Nutritionists earn salaries similar to many other allied health professionals. Keep in mind that these salaries are averages. Your actual salary will depend on your education, experience, location, and more.

Career Median Annual Salary
Dietitians and Nutritionists $66,450
Occupational Health and Safety Specialists $78,570
Health Education Specialists $59,990
Registered Nurses $81,220

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2022

stephanie behring

Written and reported by:
Stephanie Behring
Contributing Writer

divya selvakumar

With professional insight from:
Divya L. Selvakumar, PhD, RD
Nutrition Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Aging