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 $50K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $41K and $71K per year. Some workers in this field — just under a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,067 - $68,845
(Median)
$40K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,008
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$19.66 - $35.35
(Median)
$20
$28
$35
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,067 - $68,845  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$40,734 - $71,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$20$40$60
Hourly Rate
$19.66 - $35.35  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $58.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,991  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$40,734 - $71,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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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 enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Clinical Nutrition Manager, which pays $61K on average annually. Registered Clinical Dietitians most frequently advance into Registered Dietitian and Clinical Dietitian roles even though the median salaries are $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Survey results show that Registered Clinical Dietitians typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Patient Education, Nutrition, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. People who know Patient Education usually also know Counseling and Nutrition Support. Those proficient in Nutrition are, more often than not, also skilled in 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. The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $55K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Registered Clinical Dietitian with more than 20 years of experience can earn $64K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$53,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Nutrition Support
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Nutrition
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Patient Education
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National Average
$53,000

Counseling
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Critical Care
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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