The breeds and activities of horses dictate their nutritional needs, which is why veterinarians and owners of stables employ equine nutritionists. The equine nutritionist's primary responsibility is to ensure that horses receive the proper meats, vegetables and supplements for their development and well-being. Their salaries vary, depending on where they work in the United States.
Salary Above $50,000
Average equine nutritionists’ salaries were $51,000 in 2014, the job site Indeed reported. To work in this field, candidates need doctoral degrees in equine nutrition or agricultural science. Equine nutritionists are also required to study horse nutrition and metabolism for up to five years after they graduate.
Lower Salaries in the West
Employers in the West region paid equine nutritionists less overall on average than the other three U.S. regions -- from $32,000 to $55,000 in Hawaii and California, respectively. Average salaries for these animal scientists were the highest overall in the South region, topping out at $63,000 in Washington, D.C. Within the South, salaries were the lowest in Louisiana at $45,000 annually.
Average Career Growth
A greater knowledge and emphasis on animal safety will lead to a 9 percent increase in employment for animal scientists, including equine nutritionists, from 2012 to 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Equine nutritionists may advance their careers and earnings by applying for jobs with the owners of top race horses.
- Indeed: Equine Nutritionist Salary
- Inside Jobs: Equine Nutrition Specialist
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Agricultural and Food Scientists Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become an Agricultural or Food Scientist
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Veterinarians: Job Outlook
- Indeed: Equine Nutritionist Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Equine Nutritionist Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Equine Nutritionist Salary in Louisiana, and Washington, DC
- Indeed: Equine Nutritionist Salary in Nebraska, and Illinois
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