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Dietitian Salary (United States)

The median pay for Dietitians comes out to approximately $49K per year in the United States, but employers in San Francisco offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $78K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Dietitian Salary (?
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$39,219 - $65,103
(Median)
39K
49K
57K
65K
MEDIAN: $49,200
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Dietitian Salary (?
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$19.41 - $36.89
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,219 - $65,103  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,381  
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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$39,491 - $71,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.41 - $36.89  
   
Overtime
$1.04 - $49.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,381  
   
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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$39,491 - $71,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 270
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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.

Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian

DaVita Inc. offers the best pay with a median salary of $58K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $41K and maxing out at just $69K.
Sodexo, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $46K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $59K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Dietitian

Survey results suggest that Dietitians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Diabetes Educator, Nutrition Support, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $46K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $58K on average.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Pittsburgh
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Houston
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Dallas
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Seattle
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National Average
$51,000
Chicago
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Denver
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Philadelphia
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San Antonio
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Atlanta
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Cleveland
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St. Louis
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Dietitian Reviews

What is it like working as a Dietitian?
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
up arrow 11%
Nutrition Support
up arrow 5%
Renal
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Patient Education
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Counseling
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Nutrition
0%
National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 93 votes.

Gender

Female
93%
female alumni
 
Male
7%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%