Dietitians must obtain a certification or degree to dispense nutritional advice to clients. Consulting dietitians give clients suggestions on how to make healthy food choices to prevent and treat potential medical conditions. Physician offices and other healthcare facilities typically send clients to receive a consultation and discuss how to change their diets for the better. Hourly earnings for dietitians are affected by experience and geographical location.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average hourly mean wage for a dietitian is $26.13 as of May 2010. The average, annual earning potential for a dietitian is $54,340. New consulting dietitians may earn as little as $16.03 per hour. Top earners make as much as $36.29 per hour.
The type of facility that uses you for consulting affects how much you make an hour while working. For instance, insurance carriers pay an average of $30.54 per hour as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Nursing care facility dietitians make a mean of $26.08 hourly. Home health care services and nursing care facilities pay $29.94 or $26.08 per hour respectively.
Dietitians earn more as they gain experience and hold higher-level positions. According to the Mayo School of Health Sciences, consulting and management jobs can bring in upwards of $60,000 annually. Workers in these positions oversee large operations or work out of their own practices. Earnings increase when consultations take place for large-scale operations such as sports teams, hospitals, prisons and schools.
Your location also determines how much a consulting dietitian makes on an hourly basis. Top paying states, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics include Maryland, California, Hawaii, Rhode Island and Nevada. Maryland pays the highest rate and the hourly mean for dietitians is $37.03. Hawaii, California, Nevada and California pay between $30.21 and $31.74 per hour to dietitians.
2016 Salary Information for Dietitians and Nutritionists
Dietitians and nutritionists earned a median annual salary of $58,920 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, dietitians and nutritionists earned a 25th percentile salary of $47,200, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $71,840, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 68,000 people were employed in the U.S. as dietitians and nutritionists.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: 29-1031 Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Mayo School of Health Sciences: Dietetics Career Overview
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Dietitians and Nutritionists
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: Dietitians and Nutritionists
- Career Trend: Dietitians and Nutritionists
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