Clinical Dietitian Salary

Clinical Dietitians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $47K per year for pay. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $65K per year on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. While some workers in this profession — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Clinical Dietitians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,658 - $61,805
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$40K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,971
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$19.00 - $32.53
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,658 - $61,805  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
Profit Sharing
$550  
Total Pay (?
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$39,735 - $64,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $32.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$12.88 - $44.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,528  
   
Profit Sharing
$550  
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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$39,735 - $64,582  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 358
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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. 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


Although salaries only range from $40K to just $59K, Aramark still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $47K.

Salaries are easily beat at Morrison Healthcare, where median pay comes to just $42K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $37K and ending at $52K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Survey results imply that Clinical Dietitians put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Nutrition, Nutrition Support, Patient Education, and Clinical Education are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Diabetes Education, Health and Wellness, 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. Clinical Dietitians see a median salary of $56K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Clinical Dietitians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,975

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Clinical Dietitians that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Seattle offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Clinical Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Tampa (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Employers pay around 11 percent less in Miami and 7 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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%

Clinical Education
up arrow 3%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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