Dietitian Salary (United States)

Median pay for Dietitians in the United States comes out to approximately $50,655 per year, but employers in San Francisco pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $79K. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Dietitian Salary (?
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$39,240 - $64,418
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MEDIAN: $49,020
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Dietitian Salary (?
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$19.22 - $36.53
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MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,240 - $64,418  
   
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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$39,407 - $71,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.22 - $36.53  
   
Overtime
$0.63 - $51.00  
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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$39,407 - $71,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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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Though some Dietitians move into positions like Clinical Nutrition Manager (where salaries climb a $10,227), this progression is not the norm. Dietitians most often move into positions as Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians, where they typically take pay cuts of $4,514 or $1,886 per year.

Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian

Though salaries lack room to grow—pay ranges from $41K to just $69K—DaVita Inc. still offers the highest pay in town with a median paycheck of $56,293. Sodexo, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $46,395; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $59K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian

Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Diabetes Educator, Patient Education, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people experienced in Counseling also know Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Dietitians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $46K to $53K. Earnings total $58K after one to two decades. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Dietitians at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 17 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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San Jose
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Dallas
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Houston
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Seattle
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Cleveland
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National Average
$51,000
San Diego
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Denver
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San Antonio
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Chicago
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Philadelphia
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Atlanta
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Oklahoma City
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Experience Affects Dietitian Salaries

National Average
$51,000

Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

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

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
92%
female alumni
 
Male
8%
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: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%