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Dietitian Salary

Women account for the majority of Dietitians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $50K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $40K, and the top verges on $72K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by experience level and the individual firm. Most Dietitians report high levels of job satisfaction. Although just over one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,425 - $65,924
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,587
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$19.59 - $36.63
(Median)
$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,425 - $65,924  
   
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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$39,803 - $71,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 479
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $36.63  
   
Overtime
$1.32 - $48.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$39,803 - $71,705  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332

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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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For Dietitians, advancing into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role, for which the median salary is $61K, is not common but it does happen. Dietitians most often move into Dietitian or Nutritionist or Licensed Dietitian roles. However, the former pays $5K less on average, and the latter pays $2K less.

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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.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $79K, Sodexo, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $49K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians generally report applying a varied skill set 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. 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.


For Dietitians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. 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 $59K.

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 10%


up arrow 6%

Nutrition Support
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 103 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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