Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Most Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $49K annually. Pay ranges from $40K on the low end to $67K per year on the high end. Job satisfaction for Registered Clinical Dietitians is high. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under one in four lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,954 - $63,588
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$64K
MEDIAN: $48,659
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90%

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$19.30 - $33.60
(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
$38,954 - $63,588  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
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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$39,519 - $67,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.30 - $33.60  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,454  
   
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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$39,519 - $67,445  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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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 transition into upper-level roles such as Clinical Nutrition Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Clinical Nutrition Managers earn $61K on average per year. Registered Clinical Dietitians most often move into positions as Registered Dietitians or Licensed Dietitians. Registered Dietitians actually earn $3K 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


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Critical Care, Patient Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Critical Care and Nutrition Support are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Clinical Dietitian

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $47K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $53K. For Registered Clinical Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $57K. 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 $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


Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%
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