Dietitian Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Dietitians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $51K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career length and the specific company. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Dietitians. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,789 - $68,450
$41K
$51K
$68K
MEDIAN: $51,206
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$19.86 - $35.98
$20
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,789 - $68,450  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $7,475  
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$41,014 - $71,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 489
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.86 - $35.98  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.00  
Overtime
$22.81 - $46.47  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$290.87 - $7,475  
   
Profit Sharing
$900  
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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$41,014 - $71,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 405

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Dietitians move into roles as Clinical Nutrition Managers, where they can earn incomes averaing out to a slightly higher $62K per year. Dietitians most frequently become Dietitian or Nutritionists and Licensed Dietitians even though median compensation is $7K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Dietitian


Although the highest salaries can be found at DaVita Inc. where median pay is $60K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $52K and $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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Long Term Care. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Dietitian

Pay by Experience for a Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 510 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 198 salaries. An experienced Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 172 salaries. A Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 92 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,136

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Dietitians, 19 percent higher than the national average. Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+17 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Fort Worth (+7 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). With compensation 15 percent below the national average, Cincinnati is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. 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
93 %
Male
7 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Dietitian Salaries

▲22%

▲14%

▲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%

Health Education
▼1%

▼2%

Pediatrics
▼2%

Long Term Care
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 24%
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