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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 $47K annually. Compensation ranges from $39K on the lower end to $64K per year on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Clinical Dietitians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,391 - $61,345
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$39K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,688
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$18.80 - $32.53
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$19
$25
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,391 - $61,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
Total Pay (?
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$39,411 - $64,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.80 - $32.53  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $47.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,507  
   
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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$39,411 - $64,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 211
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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Aramark offers the largest salaries in town — $47K on average.

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 seem to negatively impact pay include Diabetes Education, Health and Wellness, and Clinical Education. Those familiar with Clinical Education also tend to know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $52K. Clinical Dietitians bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $60K.

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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 4%

Clinical Education
up arrow 4%


Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%