Registered Dietician Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Dieticians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $46K annually. Pay generally varies between $36K and $70K per year. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Registered Dieticians — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,179 - $64,121
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,010
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90%

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$16.13 - $41.22
(Median)
$16
$25
$41
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$35,179 - $64,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,923  
Total Pay (?
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$35,501 - $70,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $41.22  
   
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).
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$35,501 - $70,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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.


Registered Dieticians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $45K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $51K. Registered Dieticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $61K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $64K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Experienced
up arrow 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$48,000

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
12%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 15%
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