Registered Dietitian Salary
Women comprise the majority of Registered Dietitians in the United States. Individuals in this line of work make around $51K annually on average. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and years of experience. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Approximately one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
A bachelor's degree in nutrition is the minimum educational requirement for registered dietitians. In addition, registered dietitians are also required to obtain a license from their respective state in order to work in that state. (Each state will have its own requirements related to the license required for a registered dietitian.) Communication and people skills, organization and planning are essential for registered dietitians. Registered dietitians must also have a moderate degree of computer literacy. Additional language skills are also desirable and in high demand. Certification or other related work experience with women, infants and children (WIC) may be preferred by some employers. Registered dietitians commonly work somewhat normal business or daytime hours, although some are required to work nights, evenings or weekends.
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
As Registered Dietitians transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $84K on average per year. A Dietitian or Nutritionist or a Dietitian is a typical transition from a Registered Dietitian role.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian
Known for taking on a considerable number of Registered Dietitians, DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare are leading firms in the industry. The biggest paychecks can be found at HCR ManorCare — the median salary there is $65K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Golden LivingCenters, DaVita Inc., and Aramark, top-paying firms where Registered Dietitians rake in a respectable $63K, $59K, or $54K, respectively.
Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Morrison Healthcare ($46K), Sodexo, Inc. ($50K), and Compass Group ($52K).
Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian
Survey results imply that Registered Dietitians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Renal, Diabetes Education, Sports Nutrition, and Eating Disorders are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. The majority of those who know Counseling also know 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $49K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $54K on average. Registered Dietitians bring in $60K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $62K.
Pay Difference by Location
Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Registered Dietitians in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Registered Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+14 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), Dallas (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Indianapolis Registered Dietitians earning much less — 20 percent less — than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville and Charlotte (16 percent lower).