Registered Dietician Salary

Women comprise the majority of Registered Dieticians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $47K annually on average. Pay generally varies between $37K and $69K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Work is reasonably fulfilling for most Registered Dieticians — the majority report average levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,767 - $61,784
(Median)
$36K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,758
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$18.38 - $48.56
(Median)
$18
$25
$49
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,767 - $61,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
Profit Sharing
$2,600  
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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$37,111 - $68,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 169
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.38 - $48.56  
   
Overtime
$13.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,041  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,600  
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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$37,111 - $68,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 65
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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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $46K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $52K. Registered Dieticians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $60K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $64K.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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