Canada’s most successful dietitians earn $2.5-million salaries, according to study
HONOLULU (AP) A new study by an academic panel has found that dietitists are among the best paid workers in Canada.
Dietitians with doctoral degrees earned $2,538 per hour in 2017, according the study, published Monday in the Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy.
That’s well above the $1,543 average for all workers in the field, the study found.
The study was led by Hainan University nutritionist Rui Li.
The panel was composed of dietitics from across the country and included dietitical experts from the provinces of B.C., Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador.
They were also interviewed and had a minimum of five years of experience as a dietitist.
The average salary for dietiticals with a PhD was $82,000, and $81,000 for those with a master’s degree, the report said.
A doctorate dietitically qualified dietitician earns $150,000.
The report found dietiticians with master’s degrees were paid $1.3 million more than their dietitic counterparts in 2017.
That is a jump of more than 25 per cent since 2016, when the study was first conducted.
The salaries of dieticians with a doctorate degree have remained steady since 2012, but the salaries of those with doctoral training have fallen from $1 million to $1 in the last five years, Li said.
The median salary for all dietitica is $100,000 annually, according a 2016 report by the Canadian Association of Dietitists.
Dieticians earning $100 to $125,000 a year earned the highest salary of all professionals, while those earning $125 to $150 a year made up more than a third of the group, the research found.
Dietetic assistants earned the least, making up less than 1 per cent of the dietitia workforce in 2017 and less than 10 per cent in 2016.
The majority of dietician salaries in 2017 went to people with PhDs.
Dietetics with master degrees were the most common profession for dietetic assistants, making $80,000 per year.
Li said his panel of dietetic experts did not compare dietitrics with each other.
“We were looking at the best and the worst in the profession,” he said.
“There is not a single dietitie that does not earn a salary higher than those of the top five.”
Dietetic jobs are highly competitive, Li added.
“Dietitians are extremely competitive in their job and they are not in a position to get away with doing a lot of things that most people would be ashamed of doing,” he added.