Dietitian Salary

Most Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $51K per year. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by residence, followed by career length and the specific company. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Some workers in this field — one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,607 - $67,150
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $51,007
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$19.73 - $35.89
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MEDIAN: $26.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,607 - $67,150  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $7,450  
Profit Sharing
$700  
Total Pay (?
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$40,808 - $71,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 460
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.73 - $35.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$23.17 - $46.15  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$302.01 - $7,450  
   
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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$40,808 - $71,403  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 383
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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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For Dietitians, advancing into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role, for which the median salary is $62K, is not common but it does happen. Dietitians most often advance into Dietitian or Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian positions even though the median salaries are $7K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


With a median salary of $60K, DaVita Inc. offers Dietitians the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $52K and are capped at $75K.

Popular Skills for Dietitian


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Oncology, Eating Disorders, Renal, and Geriatrics are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $50K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $55K. For Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $61K. 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: $53,050

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

Home to some of the best pay for Dietitians, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 20 percent above the national average. Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Fort Worth (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cincinnati, 15 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (12 percent lower) and Atlanta (7 percent lower).

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 83 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Dietitian Salaries

▲23%

▲15%

▲3%

National Average
$53,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Dietitian Salaries

Oncology
▲14%

Eating Disorders
▲11%

▲10%


Geriatrics
▲7%


Patient Education
▼0%

National Average
$53,000

▼1%

▼1%

Health Education
▼1%

Pediatrics
▼1%

Long Term Care
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 83 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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