Clinical Dietitian Salary (United States)

More than half of Clinical Dietitians report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $49,216 per year on average. Pay ranges from $39,385 on the low end to $63,630 per year on the higher side. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group—career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and 26 percent lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Most Clinical Dietitians report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Clinical Dietitian Salary (?
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$38,946 - $61,146
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MEDIAN: $46,831
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Clinical Dietitian Salary (?
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$19.19 - $31.22
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$38,946 - $61,146  
   
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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$39,385 - $63,630  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 219
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.19 - $31.22  
   
Overtime
$12.12 - $47.27  
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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$39,385 - $63,630  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 196
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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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Compensation may increase greatly for Clinical Dietitians who advance in their career. Upper-end positions like Clinical Nutrition Manager may make an additional $11,666 per year than lower-end positions. More commonly, Clinical Dietitians take pay cuts as they move into roles as Registered Dietitians or Dietitian or Nutritionists, making $2,463 or $3,076 less per year, respectively.

Clinical Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian

The most lucrative gig in town can be found at Aramark, where the average salary is $46,563.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $40K to just $53K—but Sodexo, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $45,198. Morrison Healthcare and Aramark also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $45,509 and $46,563-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Clinical Dietitians who took the survey. Nutrition is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 16 percent. The majority of those who know Clinical Education also 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 in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $45K to $51K. Pay amounts to $55K after 10 to 20 years. After 20 years of work in the field, Clinical Dietitians typically earn $57K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 14 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Clinical Dietitians, New York offers exceptional salaries, 24 percent above the national average. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+4 percent) and Dallas (+2 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Houston, 14 percent below the national average. Workers in Boston and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-4 percent and -3 percent).

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Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Nutrition
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Health and Wellness
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Nutrition Support
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National Average
$49,000
Patient Education
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Clinical Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
97%
female alumni
 
Male
3%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 26%
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