Clinical Dietitian Salary (United States)

Just over a half of Clinical Dietitians are relatively green, reporting fewer than five years in the field, and median pay in the workforce is around $49,216 annually. Compensation starts at $39,385 and can reach $63,630 per year. While career length and the individual firm impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about a quarter are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by around two-thirds and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Dietitians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Dietitian Salary (?
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$38,946 - $61,146
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MEDIAN: $46,831
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Clinical Dietitian Salary (?
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$19.19 - $31.22
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$38,946 - $61,146  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
Total Pay (?
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$39,385 - $63,630  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.19 - $31.22  
   
Overtime
$12.12 - $47.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
   
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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$39,385 - $63,630  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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 may enjoy a sizeable increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder. For example, top-notch roles like Clinical Nutrition Manager can offer an extra $11,666 annually than lower-level jobs in the same field. More commonly, Clinical Dietitians take pay cuts as they move into roles as Registered Dietitians or Dietitian or Nutritionists, making $2,463 or $3,076 less per year, respectively.

Clinical Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian

Aramark offers the largest salaries in town—$46,563 on average.
The lowest salaries can be found at Sodexo, Inc.—median pay is $45,198—and there is little variability in compensation, with paychecks starting at $40K and only reaching $53K. Other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Morrison Healthcare ($45,509) and Aramark ($46,563).

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian

Clinical Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Those who have experience with Nutrition can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 16 percent more than the national average, respectively. 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.
For Clinical Dietitians, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. Beginning workers can expect to earn $45K starting out, which grows to $51K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $55K. As Clinical Dietitians reach two decades on the job, salary growth continues, albeit at a slower pace, with pay averaging $57K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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With a pay rate for Clinical Dietitians that is 24 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+4 percent) and Dallas (+2 percent). The lowest-paying market is Houston, which sits 14 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Chicago (-4 percent and -3 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Nutrition
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Health and Wellness
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Nutrition Support
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National Average
$49,000
Patient Education
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Clinical Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 26%
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