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Clinical Dietitian Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Clinical Dietitians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $46K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $64K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Just under a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and more than half claim dental coverage as well. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,465 - $61,493
(Median)
$39K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,480
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$18.83 - $32.22
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,465 - $61,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$39,512 - $64,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.83 - $32.22  
   
Overtime
$12.88 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$39,512 - $64,310  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 262

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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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At the upper end, Clinical Dietitians who move into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Nutrition Managers is a much higher $61K per year. Many Clinical Dietitians advance into roles as Registered Dietitians or Dietitian or Nutritionists, but the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


The biggest paychecks can be found at Aramark — the median salary there is $47K.

Clinical Dietitians will find the worst pay at Morrison Healthcare, where the median salary crawls in at $43K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $53K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Survey results suggest that Clinical Dietitians put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Nutrition Support, Patient Education, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Diabetes Education, Health and Wellness, and Clinical Education. Most people familiar with Clinical Education also know Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian

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


Clinical Dietitians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $45K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $52K. Clinical Dietitians bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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.

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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 3%

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 103 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 22%
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