Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $50K annually. Pay ranges from $41K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction for Registered Clinical Dietitians is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$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 who become Clinical Nutrition Managers position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $61K per year. Many Registered Clinical Dietitians go on to become Registered Dietitians or Clinical Dietitians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $6K lower, respectively.

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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, Patient Education, Nutrition, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Patient Education are, more often than not, also skilled in Counseling and Nutrition Support. Most people experienced in Nutrition 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. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. Registered Clinical Dietitians see a median salary of $59K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $64K.

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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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