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Registered Clinical Dietitian Salary

The larger portion of Registered Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $48K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $39K, and the top verges on $68K per year. For the most part, Registered Clinical Dietitians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. While some workers in this profession — just under one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the larger part have dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$38,220 - $63,286
(Median)
$38K
$48K
$63K
MEDIAN: $48,068
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50%
90%

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$19.33 - $33.89
(Median)
$19
$26
$34
MEDIAN: $26.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$38,220 - $63,286  
   
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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$39,202 - $67,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.33 - $33.89  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.41  
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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$39,202 - $67,522  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 124

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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 Registered Dietitian or Licensed Dietitian roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $1K less.

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Popular Skills for Registered Clinical Dietitian


Registered Clinical Dietitians who responded to the survey report just a handful 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 in pay of 6 percent. Most people who know Patient Education also know Counseling and Nutrition Support. It is often found that people who know Nutrition are 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.


For Registered Clinical Dietitians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $52K. Registered Clinical Dietitians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%


Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Registered Clinical Dietitian Salaries



Critical Care
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Nutrition
0%

National Average
$50,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

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: 75% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 22%
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