Women comprise the majority of Registered Dietitians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $51K per year on average. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but the particular city and years of experience are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction for Registered Dietitians is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$40,038 - $65,718
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $50,733
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$19.83 - $35.92
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MEDIAN: $26.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,038 - $65,718  
   
Bonus
$386.30 - $5,566  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Commission
$14,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,585 - $70,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,042
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.83 - $35.92  
   
Overtime
$28.15 - $53.29  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$386.30 - $5,566  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$40,585 - $70,602  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 730

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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

  • 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.
  • May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Registered Dietitian


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Registered Dietitians may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $84K annually. Registered Dietitians most often advance into Dietitian or Nutritionist and Dietitian positions even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Registered Dietitians. Those at Golden LivingCenters can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $63K. Also paying near the top of the field are HCR ManorCare at $62K, DaVita Inc. at $57K, and Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., where Registered Dietitians annually earn $55K.

Aramark, Emily Program and Sodexo, Inc. are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $49K, $49K, and $51K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Registered Dietitians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Renal, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, and Diabetes Educator are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Diabetes Education and Health and Wellness. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietitian

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $55K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $60K in this role. 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 $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,107

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Surpassing the national average by 17 percent, Registered Dietitians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+13 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), Cincinnati (+5 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Phoenix (16 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

Registered Dietitian Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Registered Dietitian

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.
046
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Registered Dietitian Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dietitian Salaries

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Nutrition
0%

Patient Education
0%

Nutrition Support
0%

Dietetics
0%

Patient Counseling
0%

Pediatrics
0%

National Average
$52,000



Health and Wellness
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Diabetes Education
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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