Registered Dietician Salary

Most Registered Dieticians in the United States are women. The median pay for people in this role is approximately $46K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $35K to $70K per year. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Registered Dieticians — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,004 - $61,830
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$62K
MEDIAN: $45,800
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$15.91 - $46.98
(Median)
$16
$25
$47
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,004 - $61,830  
   
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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$35,232 - $69,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$15.91 - $46.98  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
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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$35,232 - $69,737  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Registered Dieticians — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $45K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $51K on average. Registered Dieticians bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 31%

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 13 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 16%