Dietitian Salary

For Dietitians, the fattest paychecks can be found in the Golden State; the three highest-paying cities in the field are San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Pay ranges from $40K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,437 - $65,721
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,602
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$19.57 - $36.61
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$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,437 - $65,721  
   
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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$39,835 - $71,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 508
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.57 - $36.61  
   
Overtime
$1.46 - $48.37  
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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$39,835 - $71,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 365
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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 it's unusual, some Dietitians transition into jobs as Clinical Nutrition Managers. The latter group reports earning a slightly lower median of $61K per year, though. Many Dietitians choose to become Dietitian or Nutritionists and Licensed Dietitians as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $5K less and $2K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Although DaVita Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $58K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $42K to $68K.

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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in 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 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. For Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $58K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $59K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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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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 105 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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