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Clinical Dietitian Salary (United States)

A little over a half of Clinical Dietitians report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $47K per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $39K to $64K per year. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the specific company are driving factors as well. Although roughly one in four lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Clinical Dietitian Salary (?
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$38,946 - $61,146
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39K
52K
61K
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  
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  
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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For Clinical Dietitians, career progression to a Clinical Nutrition Manager role may result in a considerable increase in compensation. Typically, a Clinical Nutrition Manager, an upper-level role, can earn $61K annually. Clinical Dietitians most frequently become Registered Dietitians and Dietitian or Nutritionists even though median compensation is $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian

Aramark offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $47K.
Employees at Sodexo, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $45K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $40K and quickly nearing the top at only $52K. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Morrison Healthcare.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian

Clinical Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Nutrition Support, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people familiar with 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 many Clinical Dietitians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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 $51K. On average, Clinical Dietitians make $54K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $57K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups. 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 it. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to a seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise around one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining around a seventh.

Pay Difference By Location

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$49,000
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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Clinical Dietitians in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Philadelphia (+4 percent) and Dallas (+2 percent). In Houston, salaries are 14 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Boston (4 percent lower) and Chicago (3 percent lower).

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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%