Clinical Dietitian Salary

Women comprise the majority of Clinical Dietitians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $48K per year on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,034 - $61,497
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$48K
$61K
MEDIAN: $48,213
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$19.49 - $34.18
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$40,034 - $61,497  
   
Bonus
$354.79 - $6,411  
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$40,289 - $65,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $34.18  
   
Overtime
$27.92 - $40.93  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$354.79 - $6,411  
   
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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$40,289 - $65,882  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 265

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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

  • 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.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • 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.

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. It is not unusual for a Clinical Dietitian to become a Registered Dietitian or a Dietitian or Nutritionist.

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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.

Employees at Morrison Healthcare take home the smallest paychecks, and $43K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $36K and quickly nearing the top at only $59K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Clinical Dietitians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Weight Loss/Weight Management, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 21 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Clinical Education also tend to know Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 407 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Clinical Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 88 salaries. A Clinical Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 68 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,759

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Surpassing the national average by 25 percent, Clinical Dietitians in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+23 percent), New York (+16 percent), Philadelphia (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+9 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Employers also pay below the national average in Atlanta and Raleigh (10 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Clinical Dietitian

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries

▲23%

▲16%

▲5%

National Average
$50,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Weight Loss/Weight Management
▲25%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲21%

Critical Care
▲18%

Patient Counseling
▲6%

Diabetes Education
▲6%

Dietetics
▲5%

▲2%


National Average
$50,000




Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 74 votes.

Gender

Female
92 %
Male
8 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 24%