Average Salary For Nutritionist In South Africa

A nutritionist, dietitian-nutritionist, neurologist, dietitian, or ideologist is a person who advises others on matters of food and nutrition and their impacts on health. Some people specialize in particular areas, such as sports nutrition, public health, or animal nutrition, among other disciplines.


Below are salaries earned by Nutritionist Earn In South Africa

Average Base Salary

R293,652 (ZAR)/yr

Salary Potential

Estimated Salary in 2026:

R408,028 (ZAR)

Based on our compensation data, the estimated salary potential for Dietitian will increase 39 % over 5 years.

salary by Education

Less Than HS 0%

High School 0%

Associate 2%

Bachelor 53%

Master 44%

Doctorate 1%

How much do nutritionists make in South Africa?

An early career Nutritionist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of R240,000 based on 13 salaries. A mid-career Nutritionist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of R168,250 based on 6 salaries.

How do I become a nutritionist in South Africa?

He/she will need a minimum qualification of a four-year undergraduate scientific dietetics degree or a two-year postgraduate nutrition and dietetics degree (available only at UCT in South Africa) with training in all aspects and fields of nutrition therapy. There is a wide scope of practice for dietitians.

What are the courses for nutritionists in South Africa?

After 12th to become a nutritionist, a student can pursue B.Sc. in Nutrition and Dietetics followed by M.Sc. Nutrition and Dietetics. M.Sc Nutrition and Dietetics has four major specialized fields of nutrition– Clinical Nutrition, Public Health Nutrition, Food Science and Technology, and Sports Nutrition.

What subjects are needed to become a nutritionist in South Africa?

Getting your degree in Nutrition is not a formal requirement for becoming a Nutritionist in South Africa, however, you will need to do some form of study in Nutrition, Dietetics, or Health Science. Unibet offers a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition while CPUT offers a Diploma in Consumer Science (Food and Nutrition)