Dietitian Salary

Median pay for Dietitians in the United States comes out to approximately $50K per year, but employers in San Jose pay the most, the average compensation in that city is around $76K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,356 - $66,739
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$67K
MEDIAN: $49,583
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$19.59 - $36.18
(Median)
$20
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,356 - $66,739  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,450  
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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$39,731 - $71,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 451
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.59 - $36.18  
   
Overtime
$1.18 - $49.02  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,450  
   
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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$39,731 - $71,629  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316

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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 frequently advance into Dietitian or Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


DaVita Inc. pays the most with a median salary of $58K, though there is little variation overall ($41K to $69K).

Sodexo, Inc. seems to offer the smallest paychecks with a median salary of only $49K. The pay range is quite narrow, too; compensation generally sits between $40K and $79K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Diabetes Educator, Renal, and Nutrition Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $54K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $58K. Dietitians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $59K on average.

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 11%


up arrow 5%

Nutrition Support
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 102 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%