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Registered Dietician Salary

Women account for the majority of Registered Dieticians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $46K per year. Pay ranges from $35K on the low end to $70K per year on the high end. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,147 - $63,718
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,826
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50%
90%

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$16.09 - $41.37
(Median)
$16
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,147 - $63,718  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,923  
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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$35,448 - $69,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 172
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.09 - $41.37  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,923  
   
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).
)
$35,448 - $69,900  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
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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

  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietician

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $45K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $51K. On average, Registered Dieticians make $62K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $64K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 30%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 16%
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