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. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $39K and $67K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. While slightly less than a fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$38,811 - $63,359
(Median)
$39K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $48,467
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$19.25 - $33.55
(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
$38,811 - $63,359  
   
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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$39,390 - $67,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 144
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.25 - $33.55  
   
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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$39,390 - $67,326  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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 progress into high-paying roles like Clinical Nutrition Manager, where median compensation is $61K annually. 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 $1K less per year than Registered Clinical Dietitians do.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Registered Clinical Dietitians who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Critical Care, Patient Education, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $46K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. 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 $61K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%



National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 4%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$51,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 62 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
21%
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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