Registered Dietitian Salary

Registered Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $49K per year. Compensation ranges between $40K and $71K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the specific company are influential factors as well. Work is enjoyable for Registered Dietitians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — around one in four lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too.

$39,170 - $64,761
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,282
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$19.76 - $36.50
(Median)
$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,170 - $64,761  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
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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$39,820 - $70,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 839
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.76 - $36.50  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,057  
   
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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$39,820 - $70,950  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 683
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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.

Common Career Paths for Registered Dietitian


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As Registered Dietitians transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $82K on average per year. Many Registered Dietitians go on to become Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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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., Morrison Healthcare, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. are leading firms in the industry. Employees at DaVita Inc. enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $56K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $46K and higher ones not far away at only $69K.

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, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $47K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Dietitians make a median salary of $58K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $61K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Dietitians, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+3 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 19 percent below the national average. Workers in Phoenix and Detroit earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Registered Dietitian Reviews

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


Sports Nutrition
up arrow 5%

Renal
up arrow 4%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 2%

Diabetes Education
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Nutrition Support
0%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
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Counseling
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 233 votes.

Gender

Female
95 %
Male
5 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 27%
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