The larger portion of Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $47K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Most Clinical Dietitians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,931 - $61,444
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MEDIAN: $47,249
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$19.35 - $33.44
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,931 - $61,444  
   
Bonus
$354.79 - $8,384  
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$40,102 - $65,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 346
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$19.35 - $33.44  
   
Overtime
$28.94 - $40.36  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$354.79 - $8,384  
   
Total Pay (?
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$40,102 - $65,111  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 284
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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 $62K annually. Becoming a Registered Dietitian or a Dietitian or Nutritionist is a common transition from a Clinical Dietitian role.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Clinical Dietitians in search of the best pay head to Sodexo, Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $49K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $62K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $40K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Morrison Healthcare — median pay is $42K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $36K and only reaching $56K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Weight Loss/Weight Management, Critical Care, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 20 percent, and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Diabetes Education and Dietetics. It is often found that people who know Clinical Education are also skilled 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. Clinical Dietitians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $62K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,333

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For those looking to make money, Clinical Dietitians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+19 percent), New York (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+12 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Dallas (8 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

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 26%

Critical Care
up arrow 20%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 7%

Nutrition
up arrow 3%

Nutrition Support
0%

National Average
$49,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Clinical Education
up arrow 2%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 2%

Dietetics
up arrow 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 77 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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