Dietitian Salary

Most Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $50K per year. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $71K per year on the higher side. Geographic location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the particular employer are driving factors as well. The majority of Dietitians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,500 - $65,550

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$19.51 - $36.70

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,500 - $65,550  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,017  
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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$39,821 - $71,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.51 - $36.70  
   
Overtime
$1.55 - $48.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,017  
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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$39,821 - $71,410  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 381
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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 $61K. Many Dietitians go on to become Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Although salaries only range from $42K to just $68K, DaVita Inc. still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $58K.

Dietitians will find the worst pay at Sodexo, Inc., where the median salary crawls in at $49K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $70K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Diabetes Educator, Renal, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. 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 many Dietitians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $53K. Dietitians bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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
$51,000


Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

Geriatrics
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Patient Education
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Nutrition Support
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Counseling
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Nutrition
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National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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