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Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Women account for the majority of Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $48K per year. Earnings generally vary between $39K and $68K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by more than half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,466 - $63,434
(Median)
$38K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $48,130
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90%

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$19.29 - $34.03
(Median)
$19
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $26.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,466 - $63,434  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$39,259 - $67,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 153
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.29 - $34.03  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.51  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
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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$39,259 - $67,679  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121

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Job Description for Registered Clinical Dietitian

Registered clinical dietitians are trained nutritional professionals. Their jobs vary depending on the employer, but their main overall objective is to promote a healthy and sustainable diet. They often do this by counseling others on food and nutrition. As clinical dietitians, they may also provide care to patients at hospitals or those who have various diseases or conditions; in this case, they not only counsel patients on food choices, but also monitor and assess their situations and determine optimal nutritional choices based on their' medical conditions.

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Registered Clinical 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 Registered Clinical Dietitian


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Registered Clinical Dietitians may progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Nutrition Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. Registered Clinical Dietitians most frequently advance into Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Survey takers who work as Registered Clinical Dietitians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Critical Care, Patient Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Most people familiar with Patient Education also know Counseling and Nutrition Support. For most people, competency in Nutrition indicates knowledge of Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Clinical Dietitian

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $46K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $57K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%


Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries



Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 75 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 23%
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