Clinical Dietitian Salary

Clinical Dietitians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $47K annually for pay. The bottom of the pay range sits near $40K, and the top verges on $64K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Clinical Dietitians. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,759 - $61,643
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,625
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$18.91 - $31.56
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,759 - $61,643  
   
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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$39,760 - $63,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $31.56  
   
Overtime
$17.20 - $45.03  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$39,760 - $63,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 289
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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Clinical Nutrition Manager. The latter position pays an average of $61K annually. A lot of Clinical Dietitians advance their careers by becoming Registered Dietitians and Dietitian or Nutritionists. However, those positions offer $1K less and $3K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Aramark attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $47K.

Clinical Dietitians will find the worst pay at Morrison Healthcare, where the median salary crawls in at $42K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $53K, 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 Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diabetes Education 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. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Dietitians make a median salary of $55K. 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


Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Clinical Dietitians, 25 percent higher than the national average. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Tampa (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Austin (+3 percent). In Miami, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%
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