Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for dietetic technicians in the United States was $28,400 in 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $20,190, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $47,040 per year.
The highest paid industry for grantmaking and giving services, where the median annual salary was $41,670. This was followed by colleges, universities and professional schools ($38,940), outpatient care centers ($38,050) and finally the state government ($37,930).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Dietetic technicians worked under the supervision of registered dieticians and nutritionists. Although they play a big part in patient care, ultimately, the final decisions some down to the dietician or nutritionist. As a result, autonomy is limited.
The amount of flexibility, however, will vary dependent on what industry a dietetic technician works in. For example, those who work in healthcare or hospitals may have to be on call. Whereas those who work for private practices or schools will have more control over their hours and therefore more flexibility.
Locations and commute
According to Zippa, the best states for dietetic technicians in 2020, which is based on annual wage, career prospects and job opportunities, are:
- Maine, where the average annual salary is $37,923
- Wyoming, where the average annual salary is $30,037
- Minnesota, where the average annual salary is $31,771
- Pennsylvania, where the average annual salary is $32,479
- Wisconsin, where the average annual salary is $28,732
The worst states for registered dieticians are New Mexico, Louisiana, Georgia, Montana and Texas.
The largest employer of dietetic technicians in the United States was nursing care facilities, which employed 61% of all dietetic technicians in the United States. This is followed by retirement and assisted living facilities, specialty hospitals, general medical and surgical hospitals and grantmaking and giving services.