Registered Dietician Salary

Women comprise the majority of Registered Dieticians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $46K annually on average. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $69K per year. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,179 - $64,121
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $46,172
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$17.25 - $44.00
(Median)
$17
$25
$44
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$35,179 - $64,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
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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$35,824 - $68,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.25 - $44.00  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,035  
   
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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$35,824 - $68,747  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 64
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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 with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $51K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. Registered Dieticians see a median salary of $61K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Registered Dieticians with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $64K.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

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
50%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 14%
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