How much does a nutritionist cost?

Average cost in 20149: $105 See National


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The average cost for a nutritionist is $105. You are likely to spend between $65 and $180 total. Exact price may vary depending on your area and project details.

Updated May 1st, 2017

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Nutritionists provide expertise and guidance for help with weight loss, muscle gain, improved sports performance, management of health conditions such as diabetes and high cholesterol, and better overall health. Nutritional counseling benefits clients of any age, following any particular dietary programs. People can get help with a special diets such as low-sodium, gluten-free, low-carbohydrate, high-protein, vegetarian or vegan. People who have food allergies or diabetic needs can also benefit from the help of a nutritionist. Several factors affect the cost of nutritionist services.


The title "nutritionist" is not protected by law and does not require regulation, whereas the title "dietitian" does require specialized education and clinical training. While many nutritionists may have completed formal training or have university degrees in nutrition, they are not required to do so to use that title. Registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are regulated and licensed by the state in which they operate. As such, RDNs may have higher fees than someone operating as a nutritionist.

Initial consultation

Many nutritionists and dieticians require an initial consult to assess the client’s nutritional needs and determine the best course of action. Here are pricing examples from two different professionals:

Ongoing sessions

Ongoing sessions are usually priced less than the initial intake session and can be purchased on a visit-by-visit basis. Here are examples of ongoing nutritional counseling session rates:


Typically, nutrition counseling costs less per session when purchased in bulk or as a package from one service provider. Here’s how Paige Smathers Nutrition breaks down her pricing structure into different types of packaging:

  • One-month package, including an initial 60-minute consult, one 60-minute follow-up session and email support throughout the month: $190

  • Three-month package, including an initial 60-minute consult, three 60-minute follow-up sessions and email support throughout the three months: $360

  • Six-month package, including an initial 60-minute consult, five 60-minute follow-up sessions and email support over six months: $540

Reputation and location

Well-known and sought-after nutritionists often have higher fees per session than those just starting out. Those with advanced degrees and training can also charge more. Geographic location has an affect on the cost of services, with nutrition counselors in larger cities and areas with a higher cost of living charger higher rates.

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Recent reviews

IM Nutrition, LLC

Isabel helped by creating a personalized 28 day meal plan for me. If I ever had a question or needed any information she was available via phone, text, email, etc with a quick response. Isabel is very knowledgeable and passionate about nutrition and helping others with their goals. In 28 days I lost 9 lbs, changed my eating habits, changed the way I saw food and best of all gained tons of energy! She is a great support system and cares about your success just as much as you do. Part of my success is credited to Isabel. Even though my time is over she is still there for questions and support if needed. Excellent experience and I would recommend her to everyone!


Lesline is the best at what she does and is such an amazing person to work with. I signed up for general health coaching and finished my program with so much more than expected. Not only do I have better eating habits for the long term, but I also feel much more balanced and energized. She doesn't only focus on the food but sees your general well-being, and is able to identify your personal issues and fix them. Another reason I am so satisfied with Lesline is because she made me feel very comfortable along the way. She is bright and has positive energy. I would recommend her to anybody who wants to improve their overall wellness!

PURE Health Evolution

I have just started working with Casey,but already she has been prompt,thorough and very attentive to my needs. She is good at goal-setting and being very perceptive about what it is I need and how best I can be successful. Price is very reasonable for the services I have received so far.