Clinical Dietitian Salary

The larger portion of Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $47K annually. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career duration and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just over a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Most Clinical Dietitians report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$18.94 - $31.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,744 - $61,486  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
Total Pay (?
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$39,773 - $63,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 320
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.94 - $31.65  
   
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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$39,773 - $63,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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As Clinical Dietitians transition into upper-level roles such as Clinical Nutrition Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Clinical Nutrition Managers earn $61K on average per year. Many Clinical Dietitians choose to become Registered Dietitians and Dietitian or Nutritionists as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Aramark offers the most; Clinical Dietitians earn $47K on average there.

Morrison Healthcare offers the least pay with a median salary of $42K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $52K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Nutrition Support, Patient Education, and Health and Wellness are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diabetes Education and Clinical Education. 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.


Clinical Dietitians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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. For Clinical Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Dietitians, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Tampa (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), and Philadelphia (+4 percent). With compensation 10 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents 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%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 2%

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 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: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 22%
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