Dietitian Salary

Most Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $50K annually. Pay generally varies between $40K and $72K per year. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the individual firm 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 strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dietitians. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,716 - $65,699
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,077
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$19.45 - $36.96
(Median)
$19
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,716 - $65,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$39,951 - $71,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 647
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.45 - $36.96  
   
Overtime
$2.06 - $47.78  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,980  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00  
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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$39,951 - $71,676  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 452
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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. Dietitians most often move into Dietitian or Nutritionist or Licensed Dietitian roles. However, the former pays $6K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Dietitians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where the median salary comes to $57K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($42K) and those starting out ($81K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Sodexo, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $50K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $41K to $61K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Renal, Diabetes Educator, and Nutrition Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 9 percent. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dietitians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $59K. Dietitians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,734

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Dietitians, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+6 percent), and Cleveland (+5 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, St. Louis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Philadelphia and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively.

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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

Geriatrics
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up arrow 6%

Nutrition Support
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$52,000

Nutrition
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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