Women comprise the majority of Clinical Dietitians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $48K annually on average. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career length and the specific company. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. The majority of Clinical Dietitians claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,965 - $61,285  
   
Bonus
$354.79 - $6,411  
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$40,173 - $65,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344
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$19.41 - $33.50  
   
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$28.16 - $40.36  
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$0$28K$56K$84K
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$354.79 - $6,411  
   
Total Pay (?
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$40,173 - $65,369  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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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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 $62K per year. A Clinical Dietitian often moves on to become a Registered Dietitian or a Dietitian or Nutritionist.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Pay for Clinical Dietitians is best at Sodexo, Inc., which offers a median salary of $49K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $40K to $62K.

Morrison Healthcare offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $43K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $37K to $59K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Survey results show that Clinical Dietitians use a fair number of skills. Most notably, facility with Weight Loss/Weight Management, Critical Care, and Patient Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 19 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diabetes Education. Those familiar with Clinical Education also tend to 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. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,488

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For those looking to make money, Clinical Dietitians in Seattle enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+19 percent), New York (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Philadelphia (+14 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Raleigh and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

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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 73 votes.
048
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 26%

Critical Care
up arrow 19%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 6%

Dietetics
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Nutrition Support
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National Average
$49,000




Diabetes Education
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 73 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
12%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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