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Dietitian Salary (United States)

The median pay for Dietitians comes out to approximately $49K annually in the United States, but employers in San Francisco offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $79K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Dietitian Salary (?
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$39,240 - $64,418
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49K
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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 it's uncommon, some Dietitians move into roles as Clinical Nutrition Managers, where pay is usually $61K per year. Dietitians most frequently become Dietitian or Nutritionists and Licensed Dietitians even though median compensation is $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

Dietitian Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian

DaVita Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $56K, though there is little variation overall ($41K to $69K). Employees at Sodexo, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $46K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $40K and quickly nearing the top at only $59K. DaVita Inc. is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Dietitian

Survey results suggest that Dietitians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. 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.
For Dietitians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $46K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. 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. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up just under 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 close to one-sixth.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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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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National Average
$51,000
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Philadelphia
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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

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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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 89 votes.

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%