Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $48K annually. Compensation ranges from $39K on the lower end to $67K per year on the higher end. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, between a fifth and a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Job satisfaction for Registered Clinical Dietitians is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,024 - $62,929
(Median)
$38K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,539
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$19.32 - $32.74
(Median)
$19
$26
$33
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,024 - $62,929  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
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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$39,111 - $66,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.32 - $32.74  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.02  
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 - $1,479  
   
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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$39,111 - $66,587  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131

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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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For Registered Clinical Dietitians, progressing to a Clinical Nutrition Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Clinical Nutrition Manager can earn $61K annually. It is not uncommon for a Registered Clinical Dietitian to continue on to become a Registered Dietitian or a Licensed Dietitian.

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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, Critical Care, Patient Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 7 percent. Many workers who know Critical Care also know Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Clinical Dietitian

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


Registered Clinical Dietitians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $45K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. For Registered Clinical Dietitians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. 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 $60K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries


Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Patient Education
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 23%