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Clinical Dietitian Salary

Most Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $46K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $64K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,522 - $61,267
(Median)
$40K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,392
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$18.86 - $32.11
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,522 - $61,267  
   
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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$39,582 - $64,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.86 - $32.11  
   
Overtime
$16.68 - $45.40  
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).
)
$39,582 - $64,153  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
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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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For Clinical Dietitians, progressing to a Clinical Nutrition Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Nutrition Manager can earn $61K annually. Clinical Dietitians most often advance into Registered Dietitian and Dietitian or Nutritionist positions even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


For Clinical Dietitians, comfortable salaries can be found at Aramark; in fact, median earnings sit around $47K, the highest in the area.

With a median salary of $43K, Morrison Healthcare provides Clinical Dietitians with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $53K, limiting employee salary 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 Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diabetes Education and Health and Wellness. Most people skilled in Clinical Education are similarly competent in Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $45K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $52K. On average, Clinical Dietitians make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $61K.

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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 105 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
12%

Common Health Benefits

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