Clinical Dietitian Salary

Women account for the majority of Clinical Dietitians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $47K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $65K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but experience level and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Clinical Dietitians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,658 - $61,805
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,971
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$19.00 - $32.53
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$19
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,658 - $61,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
Profit Sharing
$550  
Total Pay (?
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$39,735 - $64,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $32.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.88 - $44.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$550  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,735 - $64,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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Job Description for Clinical Dietitian

Clinical dietitians are responsible for all aspects of patient diet and nutrition therapy in a clinical setting. This involves first assessing patient status to determine nutritional and dietary needs. They then identify medical goals and develop a nutritional plan that helps patients improve their health. Once a plan has been implemented, clinical dietitians monitor patients and make adjustments to their dietary recommendations as needed. They work with both patients and their families to teach healthy eating habits, encourage program adherence, and develop customized diets for cultural, religious, and/or income-restricted individuals. At the conclusion of their assistance, clinical dietitians provide exit counseling or long-term planning and advice to ensure healthy living for the patient once they are no longer under the dietitian’s care.

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Clinical Dietitian Tasks

  • Advise patients and their families on nutritional principles, diet modifications, food selection and preparation.
  • Consult with physicians and health care staff to determine nutritional needs and diet restrictions of patient.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • Counsel individuals and groups on basic rules of good nutrition, healthy eating habits and nutrition monitoring.
  • Screen, assess and evaluate nutritional needs, diet restrictions and current health plans to develop and implement dietary-care plans and provide nutritional counseling.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Dietitian


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Clinical Dietitians who go on to become Clinical Nutrition Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Clinical Nutrition Managers is $61K annually. Becoming a Registered Dietitian or a Dietitian or Nutritionist is often the next step for a Clinical Dietitian.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Salary cannot be beat at Aramark, where median pay comes to $47K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $40K, and the higher end is not far away at $59K.

Clinical Dietitians will find the worst pay at Morrison Healthcare, where the median salary crawls in at $42K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $52K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Clinical Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Nutrition Support, Patient Education, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diabetes Education, Health and Wellness, and Clinical Education. Those educated in Clinical Education tend to be well versed in Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Clinical Dietitians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. For Clinical Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,975

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Clinical Dietitians will find that Seattle offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Tampa (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Miami and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Nutrition
up arrow 17%

National Average
$49,000

Nutrition Support
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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