Clinical Dietitian Salary
|Salary||$40,070 - $62,417|
|Bonus||$357.45 - $6,362|
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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).)
|$40,463 - $66,597|
|Hourly Rate||$19.71 - $34.48|
|Overtime||$2.71 - $44.04|
|Bonus||$357.45 - $6,362|
|Total Pay (||$40,463 - $66,597|
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.Read More...
Clinical dietitians generally work full time in a clinical or hospital setting. They have direct patient contact on a regular basis, working closely with patients and family to develop and monitor diet plans. Clinical dietitians also work closely with other medical personnel to assess patients’ nutritional needs and to give and receive feedback on their progress. They may travel, seek additional training, and attend conferences, as they must keep current with developments in nutritional research to provide the best patient care.
Generally, clinical dietitians are required to hold a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition, dietetics, or a related field. They must then complete a training program or internship under the supervision of a registered dietitian. Certification as a registered dietitian (RD) and state certification as a licensed dietitian/nutritionist (LDN) is required upon completion of their training programs. Most clinical dietitians must have experience in a patient care environment, typically a year or more.
Clinical Dietitian Tasks
- 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.
- May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Clinical Dietitian
Clinical Dietitians who transition into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. A Clinical Dietitian often moves on to become a Registered Dietitian or a Dietitian or Nutritionist.
Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian
Although salaries only range from $40K to just $62K, Sodexo, Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $49K.
Morrison Healthcare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $43K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $36K to $59K.
Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian
Clinical Dietitians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Weight Loss/Weight Management, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. For most people, competency in Clinical Education indicates knowledge of Nutrition Support.
Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian
Pay by Experience for a Clinical Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 407 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Clinical Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 88 salaries. A Clinical Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 68 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
For Clinical Dietitians, busy San Diego offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), New York (+15 percent), Philadelphia (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). In Miami, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Raleigh (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).
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