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Dietitian Salary

Demand for Dietitians runs highest in California; the three top-paying cities in the United States are San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $40K and $72K per year. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the specific company are driving factors as well. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly more than a fifth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. Work is enjoyable for Dietitians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$39,403 - $66,086
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,547
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50%
90%

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$19.62 - $36.89
(Median)
$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,403 - $66,086  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
Profit Sharing
$114.00 - $1,250  
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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$39,816 - $71,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.62 - $36.89  
   
Overtime
$1.32 - $48.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
   
Profit Sharing
$114.00 - $1,250  
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).
)
$39,816 - $71,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 342
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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. Dietitians most often move into positions as Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians. Dietitian or Nutritionists actually earn $5K less on average, however, and Licensed Dietitians earn $2K less per year than Dietitians do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Salary cannot be beat at DaVita Inc., where median pay comes to $58K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $41K, and the higher end is not far away at $69K.

Pay for Dietitians is the lowest at Sodexo, Inc., which has a median salary of $49K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $70K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Survey results suggest that Dietitians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Diabetes Educator, Renal, and Nutrition Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to 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. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $53K. Dietitians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $58K. 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 $59K on average.

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
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up arrow 6%

Nutrition Support
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
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Counseling
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Nutrition
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 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
18%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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