Dietitian Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Dietitians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $50K per year. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $71K per year on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career length and the particular employer. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,508 - $65,508
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $49,626
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$19.55 - $36.70
(Median)
$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,508 - $65,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,017  
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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$39,861 - $71,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 508
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.55 - $36.70  
   
Overtime
$1.46 - $48.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,936  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $1,017  
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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$39,861 - $71,388  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 371
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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. Many Dietitians advance into roles as Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Pay for Dietitians is best at DaVita Inc., which offers a median salary of $58K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $42K to $68K.

Sodexo, Inc. doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $49K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $70K and scope of pay is rather limited.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Geriatrics, Diabetes Educator, Renal, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 10 percent. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed in Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

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


Dietitians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Dietitians bring in $58K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $59K.

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
$51,000


Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

Geriatrics
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up arrow 6%

Patient Education
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Nutrition Support
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Counseling
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Nutrition
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 104 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
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 22%
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