Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $49K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $40K, and the higher rates verge on $68K per year. Health benefits are not claimed by all — one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Most Registered Clinical Dietitians like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,271 - $63,914

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$19.49 - $33.88

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,271 - $63,914  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
Total Pay (?
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$39,829 - $68,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $33.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,468  
   
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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$39,829 - $68,014  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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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As Registered Clinical Dietitians make advancements in their career path to positions such as Clinical Nutrition Manager, their salaries may climb. Clinical Nutrition Managers make $61K annually on average. Registered Clinical Dietitians most often move into positions as Registered Dietitians or Licensed Dietitians. Registered Dietitians actually earn $4K less on average, however, and Licensed Dietitians earn $2K less per year than Registered Clinical Dietitians do.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Survey results suggest that Registered Clinical Dietitians use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Counseling, Patient Education, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. It is not unusual for someone who knows Critical Care to be familiar with Nutrition Support as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Clinical Dietitian

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


Registered Clinical Dietitians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Clinical Dietitians make a median salary of $57K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $61K.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Critical Care
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 24%
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