How Much Does a Dietitian Cost?

Let’s talk about one of the best investments you can make—investing in your health!

As you embark on something new, it’s common to have questions. If you’re curious about working with a dietitian, you may be wondering: How often should I see a dietitian? What can I expect from an appointment? How much does a registered dietitian cost?

You want to ensure nutritional counseling will fit your lifestyle… and your budget. We get it!

Chances are that you’ve worked with different wellness practitioners including fitness instructors, personal trainers, yoga teachers, and others. While fitness is essential to living a healthy life, it’s only one part of the story. Food and nutrition are extremely important to your overall well-being. Working with a dietitian can be the missing piece you need to feel like the best version of yourself.

We know that there are tons of reasons to consult a dietitian. Whether you’re looking to spruce up your diet, manage a health condition, or improve your body image, dietitians use their specialized training to provide evidence-based health guidance.

In this article, we delve into what to expect in a dietitian session, how much a dietitian costs, and how to check if insurance covers your nutrition sessions.

What Can You Expect from a Dietitian Appointment?

Registered dietitians are certified health professionals who provide nutrition counseling. RDs work in a variety of settings. For instance, some dietitians work in hospitals, private practices, community organizations, universities, and more. Depending on the setting, the structure of a dietitian appointment may differ slightly.

Some dietitians see their clients remotely while others meet in person (or a combination of the two). Usually, when you meet with a dietitian you can expect the appointment to last between 45 minutes to 1 hour long.

The first session is all about getting to know you—your likes, dislikes, lifestyle, and all those little quirks that make you unique. It’s a judgment-free zone where every question is a good question. Meeting regularly provides the accountability and support you need to go after your health goals. You’ll schedule follow-up sessions and your dietitian will begin to craft a nutritional plan just for you. They’ll break down complex nutrition science into bite-sized, easy-to-understand tidbits. And the best part? They’re there to support and motivate you, every step of the way.

How Much is a Dietitian Appointment?

The cost of seeing a dietitian can be as varied as our individual tastes in food. It depends on a few things: the dietitian’s experience, where they’re located, and if they accept your insurance coverage.

Many times insurance will cover the cost of dietitian services. Yep, you read that right! When you book an appointment, we always check your insurance benefits to see if you’re covered. At Dietitian Live, your first session is always at no cost to you, guaranteed.

When it comes to dietitian consulting fees, it’s not just one-size-fits-all. If you’re paying out-of-pocket, you may pay an hourly rate or a flat rate for a bundle of sessions. The cost of a private dietitian typically falls between $100 to $200 per hour in the United States, depending on where you live.

Discussing how much a dietitian appointment costs is an important part of finding the right match for you. When signing up for a nutrition appointment, be sure to ask questions and take advantage of your insurance benefits if you have them!

Does Insurance Cover Nutrition Counseling?

Now, more on the burning question: Will your insurance help out? The great news is, quite often, yes—insurance may cover your weekly dietitian appointments!

Most insurance plans cover 100% of nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian. This varies depending on your provider and plan. Dietitian Live accepts a variety of insurance plans including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, United Health Care, and more.

During our initial session, we will discuss your insurance benefits to see if you qualify. 98% of our clients end up paying $0 out-of-pocket. We also bill your insurance directly for a seamless, no-hassle process.


Our goal is to help connect you with a dietitian that fits your needs and your wallet. With our holistic approach to health, you’ll receive scientifically-backed guidance on food, sleep, movement, stress management, and more.

Our more-than-a-meal-plan philosophy will leave you feeling empowered and ready to take on new challenges. Are you ready to get started? We offer remote appointments with flexible meeting times to work around your schedule. Book an appointment with one of our experienced dietitians today.

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Covered by most insurance plans.