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Clinical Dietitian Salary

Most Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $47K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $64K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. For the most part, Clinical Dietitians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,452 - $61,379
(Median)
$39K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,614
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$18.82 - $31.84
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,452 - $61,379  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
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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$39,516 - $64,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.82 - $31.84  
   
Overtime
$12.88 - $45.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
   
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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$39,516 - $64,064  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 253

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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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Clinical Dietitians who go on to become Clinical Nutrition Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Clinical Nutrition Managers is $61K annually. A lot of Clinical Dietitians advance their careers by becoming Registered Dietitians and Dietitian or Nutritionists. However, those positions offer $2K less and $3K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Clinical Dietitians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Aramark, where the average salary comes to $47K.

Clinical Dietitians will find the worst pay at Morrison Healthcare, where the median salary crawls in at $43K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $54K, leaving little room for growth.

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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diabetes Education, Clinical Education, and Health and Wellness. For most people, competency in Clinical Education indicates knowledge of 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 $51K. For Clinical Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $61K.

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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 3%

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 104 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
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 23%