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Registered Dietitian Salary

The median salary for Registered Dietitians in the United States is $49K per year, and compared to other cities, Los Angeles offers the biggest paychecks at around $69K on average. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Seattle (+3 percent), and Nashville (+3 percent).

$39,084 - $64,979
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,313
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50%
90%

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$19.72 - $36.46
(Median)
$20
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,084 - $64,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $1,661  
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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$39,728 - $70,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 789
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.72 - $36.46  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$248.32 - $1,661  
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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$39,728 - $70,819  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 662

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Job Description for Registered Dietitian

Registered dietitians usually work in a hospital or a care facility such as a nursing home or a rehabilitation center. However, they may also privately consult clientele independently. Regardless of their place of employment, they work to assess their patients'/clients' nutritional needs and to create care plans that are tailored to each person's ongoing dietary needs and goals. Registered dietitians also routinely monitor their patients'/clients' basic vital signs and keep track of their body mass indexes (BMIs) and other related measurements.

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Registered Dietitian 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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Registered Dietitians who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants is $82K annually. Many Registered Dietitians advance into roles as Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians, but the median salaries are $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Morrison Healthcare, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. are all popular places to work. With a median salary of $56K, DaVita Inc. offers Registered Dietitians the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $45K and are capped at $70K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Survey takers working as Registered Dietitians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Eating Disorders, Sports Nutrition, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Pediatrics. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in Patient Education and Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietitian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Registered Dietitians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $47K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Registered Dietitians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Registered Dietitians who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $61K.

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What is it like working as a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian in Medford:
"Rewarding."
Pros: I love being able to help people who want to help themselves. Community outreach is one of my favorite parts of my job, reaching out to all types of populations and adjusting education based on their individual needs.
Cons: Nutrition and dietetics is a under-recognized field. It is new and growing.

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Experience Affects Registered Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$51,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dietitian Salaries


Eating Disorders
up arrow 6%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 5%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 3%

Renal
up arrow 3%

Nutrition Support
0%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 27%
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