Dietitian Salary Guide and Career Outlook

Dietitians in the United States make $51,077. However, the dietitian salary is higher in Canada and Australia at C$59,412 and AU$59,740 while in New Zealand, they make NZ$70,000 ($49,090). In the meantime, in South Africa it is R223,224. The hourly rate was estimated for the United Kingdom, New Zealand, India, and South Africa based on a 40 hour work week.

This dietitian career and salary guide covers the salary range in 7 countries. The impact of experience and industry on overall pay and working conditions is also described. Finally, the working schedule, benefits, and job outlook is seen. After reading this article, you should have a better idea of what dietitians do and how much they make.

How Much Does a Dietitian Make per Year by Country?

Dietitian Salary USCanadaUKAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Hourly Pay$26.43
  1. C$31.10 ($23.02)
  1. E12.50* ($13.59)
  1. AU$30.58 ($23.15)
  1. NZ$33.65* ($23.60)
Rs 112.82* ($1.75)
  1. R107.80* ($8.28)
Annual Pay$51,007C$59,412 ($43,968)E26,008 ($28,266)AU$59,740 ($45,230)NZ$70,000 ($49,090)Rs 234,667 ($3,641)R223,224 ($17,145)

An (*) indicates that the hourly rate was not available and was extrapolated from the annual salary.

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Dietitian Salary Influencing Factors

Firstly, degrees largely influence a dietitian salary. In the United States, dietitians need a license. However, people assert themselves as dietitians without proper credentials. The data detailed below comes from PayScale. The exception to this is New Zealand which did not have data listed on Payscale. That pay information comes from CareersNZ.

1. Location

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in the US?

Dietitian Salary USPer YearPer Hour
Minimum$40,607$19.73
Maximum$67,150$35.89
Bonus/TipNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional pay$23.17 to $46.15
Total Pay$40,808 to $71,403

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in Canada?

Dietitian Salary CanadaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumC$40,547C$21.76
MaximumC$85,355C$40.30
Bonus/TipNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payC$40.00
Total PayC$45,470 to C$83,921

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in the UK?

Dietitian Salary UKPer YearPer Hour
MinimumE20,4631,83
MaximumE33,7892,14
Bonus/TipNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayE20,463 to E33,789

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in Australia?

Dietitian Salary AustraliaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumAU$49,0801,03
MaximumAU$71,4821,04
Bonus/TipAU$30,500No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional pay1,00
Total PayAU$49,650 to AU$83,086

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in New Zealand?

Diet. Salary New ZealandPer YearPer Hour
MinimumNZ$46,000
  1. 11*
MaximumNZ$100,000
  1. 07*
Bonus/TipNo additional payNo additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayNZ$46,000 to NZ$100,000

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in India?

Diet. Salary IndiaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumRs 119,195Rs 57.30
MaximumRs 466,993Rs 224.51
Bonus/TipRs 6,000No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayRs 119,398 to Rs 478,519

How Much Does a Dietitian Make in South Africa?

Diet. Salary South AfricaPer YearPer Hour
MinimumR147,949
  1. 12*
MaximumR425,232
  1. 43*
Bonus/TipR18,500No additional pay
OvertimeNo additional payNo additional pay
Total PayR148,994 to R440,751

2. Experience

Experienced dietitians in Australia earn 35 percent above the median. In Canada, the peak of the salary is reported for experienced dietitians and then the salary actually decreases for late-career professionals. Mid-career dietitians in India earn 26 percent above the median. Conversely, in the United Kingdom, mid-career dietitians see a salary 19 percent above the median and entry-level 4 percent below. In the meantime, in the United States, pay increases linearly with experience.

In Australia, Canada, India, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States the most common level of employment is those with 1 to 4 years.

3. Industry

Dietitians have a split role in which they navigate the food service industry and the healthcare industry. They need to have their own personal brand and display their expertise accordingly. The states with the highest number of dietitians are California, New York, Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania.

Overall, dietitians work for hospitals, government, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, and food services. However, dietitians who work for hospitals need to be well versed in the dietary needs of people with various health conditions. Conversely, dietitians who work in an outpatient center might be advising athletes on how to improve their performance.

Similarly, regarding the economy in the United States, private practice dietitians earn up to NZ$100,000 and those who work for a district health board make between NZ$48,000 and NZ$96,000.

Schedule & Working Hours

Most dietitians work full-time. Part-time hours are possible however dietitians do not practice extra hours. Some dietitians are self-employed. Thus, these professionals can set their own hours.

Overall, a dietitian spends their time meeting with clients, completing necessary paperwork, communicating with the health team, and coming up with diet plans.

Bonuses & Benefits

Of course, dietitians have a huge benefit in that they know how to optimize their own diet. They also get to help other people improve their health or increase their performance. These professionals also have flexibility in both their working schedule and where they work.

A registered dietitian salary, depending on the company or healthcare organization, includes receiving benefits such as healthcare, retirement, tuition reimbursement, and reimbursement for professional training.

The table below shows the healthcare benefits for dietitians by country. Many of these benefits are not available because speech pathology is an emerging profession. These are indicated by a (–).

CountryUnited StatesCanadaUnited KingdomAustraliaNew ZealandIndiaSouth Africa
Medical746314135758
Dental645314325
Vision544738
None243786874342

Career Outlook

Overall, the job outlook in New Zealand is poor as there are expected to be few openings and many qualified dietitians. Conversely, in the United States, the job outlook is positive at a projected growth rate of 16 percent. Because there is an increased emphasis on nutrition and healthy eating, dietitians are needed for their expertise.

In addition,  hospitals will need dietitians due to the vast number of people with chronic conditions that need a controlled diet such as diabetes, congestive heart failure, Celiac’s disease, or cellulitis.

All in all, this is a female dominated profession. As a result, in Australia, 83 percent of dietitians are female and in Canada, that number is 91 percent. Moreover, the United States has the highest number of female dietitians at 94 percent and in Canada, that number is 67 percent.

Conclusion

Dietitians are a necessary part of today’s wellness climate in which healthy eating is part of an overall emphasis on active living. As a matter of fact, a dietitian career has a role to play in the food service industry and in the healthcare industry. Consequently, this role involves informing trends in food service as to what are the healthiest ingredients and the healthcare industry as to what brands to use. You might also consider the position of a nutritionist as a professional dealing with healthy eating.

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