Clinical Dietitian Salary

Most Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $47K annually. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $64K per year on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the individual firm. Some workers in this field — just under a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,684 - $61,701
(Median)
$40K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,520
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$18.95 - $31.67
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,684 - $61,701  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$39,751 - $64,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 311
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.95 - $31.67  
   
Overtime
$17.08 - $45.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$39,751 - $64,038  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
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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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At the upper end, Clinical Dietitians who move into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Clinical Nutrition Managers is a much higher $61K per year. Clinical Dietitians most often advance into Registered Dietitian and Dietitian or Nutritionist positions even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Aramark offers the largest salaries in town — $47K on average.

Morrison Healthcare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $42K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $36K to $53K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Clinical Dietitians report using a wide range of professional skills. 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 and Health and Wellness. Most people 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $45K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Clinical Dietitians make a median salary of $55K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Clinical Dietitians, Seattle provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Austin (+3 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 10 percent below the national average.

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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 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 108 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 22%
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