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Dietitian Average Salary in Germany 2020

How much money does a Dietitian make in Germany?

Average Monthly Salary
25,700 EUR
( 308,000 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Dietitian in Germany typically earns around 25,700 EUR per month. Salaries range from 11,800 EUR (lowest) to 40,900 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Dietitian salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Dietitian Salary Distribution in Germany

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Dietitian salaries in Germany range from 11,800 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 40,900 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 27,800 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Dietitian(s) are earning less than 27,800 EUR while the other half are earning more than 27,800 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Dietitian(s) are earning less than 17,800 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,800 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Dietitian(s) are earning less than 37,100 EUR while 25% are earning more than 37,100 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Dietitian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Germany Dietitian
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Dietitian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Dietitian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 13,400 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,900 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 26,500 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Dietitian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 32,300 EUR per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 35,200 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 38,100 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Dietitian average salary change by experience in Germany

0 - 2 Years
13,400 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
17,900 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
26,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
32,300 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
35,200 EUR
20+ Years+8%
38,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Dietitian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Dietitian(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Dietitian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Dietitian is 15,300 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 24,000 EUR per month, 57% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

A PhD gets its holder an average salary of 40,300 EUR per month, 68% more than someone with a Master's Degree.

Dietitian average salary difference by education level in Germany

Bachelor's Degree
15,300 EUR
Master's Degree+57%
24,000 EUR
40,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Germany costs anywhere from 59,400 Euro(s) to 178,000 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Dietitian Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Germany Dietitian
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Dietitian employees in Germany earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

24,800 EUR
26,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Germany for all Careers

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Dietitian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Germany

How much are annual salary increments in Germany for Dietitian(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Dietitian(s) in Germany are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Germany / All Professions

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The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Germany is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Germany for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Dietitian Bonus and Incentive Rates in Germany

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Germany Dietitian
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A Dietitian is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

11% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 89% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Dietitian employees in Germany earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
11,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
12,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Dietitian Salary Trend and Forecast in Germany

How are Dietitian salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
22,200 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
23,100 EUR
Average Salary 2018+4%
23,900 EUR
Average Salary 2019+4%
24,800 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Dietitian salaries in Germany are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Dietitian Average Hourly Wage in Germany

150 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Germany is 150 EUR. This means that the average Dietitian in Germany earns approximately 150 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Dietitian VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Dietitian is 7% less than that of Doctor / Physician. Also, Doctor / Physician salaries are 67% more than those of Health and Medical.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Advanced Nutrition Aide12,000 EUR-53%
Advanced Practice Provider13,300 EUR-48%
Allergist20,900 EUR-19%
Behavioral Health Specialist12,600 EUR-51%
Chiropractor12,900 EUR-50%
Clinical Psychologist35,300 EUR+37%
Correctional Treatment Specialist22,000 EUR-14%
Counseling Psychologist26,300 EUR+2%
Dermatologist38,400 EUR+49%
Dietitian25,700 EUR-0%
Doctor28,200 EUR+10%
Emergency Department Physician21,800 EUR-15%
Exercise Physiologist27,100 EUR+5%
Forensic Pathologist29,500 EUR+15%
General Medical Practitioner21,000 EUR-18%
Genetic Counselor18,600 EUR-28%
Internist36,400 EUR+42%
Interventionist34,300 EUR+33%
Invasive Cardiologist44,900 EUR+75%
Mental Health Therapst18,900 EUR-26%
Naturopathic Physician33,500 EUR+30%
Neurologist30,900 EUR+20%
Neurophysiology Technologist13,900 EUR-46%
Nuclear Medicine Physician28,700 EUR+12%
Obstetrician / Gynecologist30,500 EUR+19%
Occupational Health Safety Specialist14,700 EUR-43%
Ophthalmologist24,300 EUR-5%
Optometrist23,000 EUR-11%
Pediatrician27,600 EUR+7%
Physical Therapist18,200 EUR-29%
Physical Therapy Director20,600 EUR-20%
Physician - Anesthesiology41,600 EUR+62%
Physician - Cardiology43,800 EUR+70%
Physician - CCU24,300 EUR-5%
Physician - Dermatology33,700 EUR+31%
Physician - Emergency Room24,800 EUR-4%
Physician - Endocrinology31,100 EUR+21%
Physician - Family Practice23,500 EUR-9%
Physician - Gastroenterology31,200 EUR+21%
Physician - Generalist24,700 EUR-4%
Physician - Geriatrics20,800 EUR-19%
Physician - Hematology / Oncology28,500 EUR+11%
Physician - Immunology / Allergy34,700 EUR+35%
Physician - Infectious Disease29,100 EUR+13%
Physician - Internal Medicine34,800 EUR+35%
Physician - Maternal / Fetal Medicine27,300 EUR+6%
Physician - Nephrology27,400 EUR+7%
Physician - Neurology35,600 EUR+38%
Physician - Nuclear Medicine29,700 EUR+16%
Physician - Obstetrics / Gynecology29,400 EUR+14%
Physician - Occupational Medicine23,300 EUR-9%
Physician - Ophthalmology21,500 EUR-16%
Physician - Otolaryngology21,900 EUR-15%
Physician - Pain Medicine20,100 EUR-22%
Physician - Pathology25,000 EUR-3%
Physician - Pediatric Cardiology30,400 EUR+18%
Physician - Pediatric Neonatology28,400 EUR+10%
Physician - Pediatrics27,900 EUR+9%
Physician - Physiatry29,800 EUR+16%
Physician - Podiatry26,900 EUR+5%
Physician - Pulmonary Medicine20,800 EUR-19%
Physician - Radiation Therapy34,000 EUR+32%
Physician - Radiology36,900 EUR+44%
Physician - Rheumatology31,400 EUR+22%
Physician - Sports Medicine30,600 EUR+19%
Physician - Urology39,000 EUR+52%
Physician Assistant17,800 EUR-31%
Physiotherapist21,500 EUR-16%
Podiatrist21,300 EUR-17%
Preventive Medicine Physician26,200 EUR+2%
Psychiatrist29,500 EUR+15%
Psychololgist28,200 EUR+10%
Psychometrician24,900 EUR-3%
Radiologist30,300 EUR+18%
Registered Respiratory Therapist18,800 EUR-27%
Skin Care Specialist17,300 EUR-33%
Urologist41,100 EUR+60%
Vision Rehabilitation Therapist18,900 EUR-26%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Berlin28,800 EUR
Bremen23,800 EUR
Dortmund24,400 EUR
Dresden23,600 EUR
Dusseldorf27,400 EUR
Essen25,900 EUR
Frankfurt26,000 EUR
Hamburg28,800 EUR
Hannover22,300 EUR
Koln28,800 EUR
Leipzig23,700 EUR
Munchen28,800 EUR
Nurnberg23,000 EUR
Stuttgart25,500 EUR
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