The Average Nutritionist Salary in Hospitals

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The Average Nutritionist Salary in Hospitals
Nutritionists offer healthy eating options. (Jupiterimages/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Nutritionists, often called dietitians, in hospitals plan meals for patients, their visitors and staff, and manage the preparation and serving of meals. They may also run educational programs for the community about healthy eating. A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement, though graduate degrees are available. About 46 states require licensing, statutory certification or registration for the profession. Salary depends on the type of hospital employing the nutritionist.

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Hospitals

The 20,260 nutritionists employed in hospitals across the U.S. make a mean £16.70 per hour or £34,898 per year. This is under the means of £20.10 per hour or £41,827 per year for all 2.9 million health care practitioner and technical occupations in such facilities. This group also includes such high-paying jobs as anesthesiologists, dentists, psychiatrists and pharmacists. However, nutritionists make slightly more than the mean £16.30 per hour or £33,943 per year for all 5.6 million occupations in the U.S.

General Medical and Surgical Hospitals

The largest employers of nutritionists are general medical and surgical hospitals, with about 18,440 positions paying a mean £16.70 per hour or £34,814 per year. Professionals here handle a wide range of dietary needs, from very ill patients on limited food intake, to doctors and nurses who demand a delicious and filling meal after a hard shift. Nutritionists make less than the mean for all 2.7 million health care practitioners and technical occupations in these facilities, which are £20.10 per hour or £41,938 per year.

Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals

The 830 nutritionists at psychiatric and substance abuse hospitals may have to contend with patients who are physically healthy, but suffer from various mental and emotional disorders, as well as substance abuse. They make a mean £16.9 per hour or £35,171. This is close to the means of £17.3 per hour or £36,062 per year made by all 87,540 health care practitioners and technical occupations in these facilities. Nutritionist pay is higher than the mean £14.10 per hour or £29,334 per year made by all 244,320 employees in these types of hospitals.

Specific Example

Dietitian Central offers up an example of a hospital nutritionist job in Kentucky from 2008, with the exact job title of clinical nutrition manager. This individual had a bachelor's degree, and was new to the job, with a yearly pay of £24,700. She is the only nutritionist working in a 150-bed facility with about 30 long-term care patients, where she would clinically assess the condition of patients. Her benefits included dental, vision, health, accident and short term disability insurance.

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