The larger portion of Dietitians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $51K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by career duration and the individual firm. While some workers in this profession — one in four — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. 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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$40,710 - $67,954
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MEDIAN: $51,073
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$19.74 - $35.87
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,710 - $67,954  
   
Bonus
$486.45 - $7,550  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$40,870 - $71,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 468
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.74 - $35.87  
   
Overtime
$23.17 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$486.45 - $7,550  
   
Profit Sharing
$700  
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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$40,870 - $71,601  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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

  • 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.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Dietitian


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It is somewhat unusual to come across Dietitians who move on to become Clinical Nutrition Managers, but it does happen from time to time, and the median salary for that position sits slightly higher at $62K. Dietitians most often move into positions as Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians. Dietitian or Nutritionists actually earn $7K less on average, however, and Licensed Dietitians earn $3K less per year than Dietitians do.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Pay for Dietitians is best at DaVita Inc., which offers a median salary of $59K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $51K to $75K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Dietitians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Eating Disorders, Diabetes Educator, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Long Term Care. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Dietitians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $49K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $55K. For Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $60K. 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 $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,144

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For Dietitians, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+15 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Fort Worth (+7 percent). Cincinnati is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Employers in Indianapolis and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Dietitian Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Dietitian

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

Oncology
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Eating Disorders
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Geriatrics
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National Average
$53,000


Health Education
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Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Long Term Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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