Dietitian Salary

Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $50K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $40K to $72K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dietitians. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$39,716 - $65,699
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,077
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50%
90%

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$19.45 - $36.96
(Median)
$19
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 some Dietitians become Clinical Nutrition Manager, this progression is not the norm. However, the latter position does pay a little more at $61K. 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


Although Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. leads the field in pay with a median salary of $57K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $42K on the low end all the way up to $81K at the top.

Employees at Sodexo, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $50K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $41K and quickly nearing the top at only $61K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. 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.


Dietitians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. Dietitians bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,734

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Dietitians, 23 percent higher than the national average. Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Minneapolis (+6 percent), and Cleveland (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis. Employers also pay below the national average in Philadelphia (9 percent lower) and Chicago (4 percent lower).

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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Nutrition Support
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
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Counseling
0%

National Average
$52,000

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

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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