Most Registered Dieticians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $49K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Most Registered Dieticians like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$37,478 - $64,453
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$64K
MEDIAN: $48,955
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50%
90%

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$18.91 - $40.39
(Median)
$19
$25
$40
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,478 - $64,453  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
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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$38,502 - $71,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 99
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$18.91 - $40.39  
   
Overtime
$3.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$38,502 - $71,730  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 43
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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 income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $49K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $52K. Registered Dieticians see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $78K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietician Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 6 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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