Most Registered Dieticians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $49K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and slightly more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. For the most part, Registered Dieticians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$36,220 - $64,928
$36K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $48,927
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$18.81 - $40.59
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MEDIAN: $25.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,220 - $64,928  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
Total Pay (?
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$37,955 - $71,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.81 - $40.59  
   
Overtime
$3.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$37,955 - $71,212  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Registered Dietician

Registered dieticians are experts in food and nutrition. They assist clients by assessing their nutritional status and knowledge, as well as developing appropriate nutritional plans that cater to the client's specific needs, illnesses, and comorbidities. A registered dietician educates clients regarding proper nutritional intake, providing examples of how to select and prepare healthy meals. This person also recommends dietary supplements as needed. A registered dietician may be utilized to assist with weight loss, diabetic nutrition education, prenatal nutrition classes, and other specialty nutrition areas.

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Registered Dietician Tasks

  • 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.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietician

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $49K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Dieticians make a median salary of $60K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $78K.

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Key Stats for Registered Dietician

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
060
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 54%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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