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Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

Women comprise the majority of Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $47K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $39K, and the higher rates verge on $66K per year. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in four lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
$38,250 - $62,667
(Median)
$38K
$47K
$63K
MEDIAN: $47,148
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$19.28 - $31.94
(Median)
$19
$25
$32
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$38,250 - $62,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,952  
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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$39,054 - $65,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 191
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.28 - $31.94  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.52  
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 - $1,952  
   
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).
)
$39,054 - $65,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 157
United States (change)

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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There are some Registered Clinical Dietitians — though it's uncommon — that transition into Clinical Nutrition Managers, where earnings are an average $61K annually. It is more probable, however, that Registered Clinical Dietitians become Registered Dietitians or Licensed Dietitians.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Survey takers who work as Registered Clinical Dietitians report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Nutrition Support, Patient Education, Counseling, and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. For most people, competency in Nutrition indicates knowledge of 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $51K. Registered Clinical Dietitians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $57K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $60K.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries


Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 5%

Critical Care
up arrow 4%

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 120 votes.

Gender

Female
97 %
Male
3 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%