Most Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $51K per year. While experience level and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Just over one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction for Dietitians is high. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,693 - $68,110
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$41K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $51,121
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$19.88 - $35.72
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$26
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MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,693 - $68,110  
   
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Total Pay (?
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$40,960 - $71,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 476
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.88 - $35.72  
   
Overtime
$24.25 - $46.80  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$484.79 - $5,128  
   
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$40,960 - $71,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 391
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Job Description for Dietitian

A dietitian's work involves teaching individuals about nutrition, doing evaluations of patients'/clients' nutritional needs, developing the appropriate meal plans, monitoring the effects of the meal plans, and changing the meal plans as necessary. Some dietitians also give talks to groups of people to educate them about proper eating and disease prevention.

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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 Dietitian


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Although some Dietitians become Clinical Nutrition Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $62K. Dietitians most often advance into Dietitian or Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Employees at DaVita Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $59K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $52K and higher ones not far away at only $75K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Renal, Diabetes Educator, Geriatrics, and Oncology are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Health Education and Long Term Care. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Dietitians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $55K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dietitians see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $64K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,197

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

For Dietitians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+14 percent), Houston (+7 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Minneapolis (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 16 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cincinnati and Indianapolis (15 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

Dietitian Reviews

What is it like working as a Dietitian?

Dietitian in Washington:
"It's a great experience to learn and develop healthy food."
Pros: That is not stressful or overwhelming it can be a challenge sometimes.
Cons: The pay and management.

Dietitian in Farmville:
"Clinical Dietitian."
Pros: Working with people, individualizing needs, working as a team with other health care professionals.
Cons: No overtime pay.

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Experience Affects Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

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Oncology
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Geriatrics
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Nutrition Support
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Patient Education
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National Average
$53,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Health Education
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 87 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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