Registered Dietitian Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (slightly less than a third on average) of overall compensation for Registered Dietitians, and the median take-home for this group lies near $51K. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $71K per year on the higher side. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but years of experience and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — roughly a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and more than half receive dental plans. The majority of Registered Dietitians claim high levels of job satisfaction.

$39,417 - $64,979
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,684
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$19.70 - $36.03
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$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,417 - $64,979  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,951  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,325  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$39,989 - $70,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,076
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.70 - $36.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$0.00 - $47.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,951  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $4,325  
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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$39,989 - $70,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 832
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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 $83K on average per year. More often than not, a Dietitian or Nutritionist role is the next step for Registered Dietitians moving up in the field. Pay for Dietitian or Nutritionists is usually $46K. Many Registered Dietitians choose to take on a Certified Diabetes Educator role instead, where salaries are typically $61K.

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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 among the top companies that take on many Registered Dietitians. Salary cannot be beat at DaVita Inc., where median pay comes to $56K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $48K, and the higher end is not far away at $69K.

Employees at Healthcare Services Group, Inc. take home the smallest paychecks, and $49K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $37K and quickly nearing the top at only $58K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Public Health Education, Menu Planning, Sports Nutrition, and Long Term Care are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 15 percent. Most people experienced in 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $48K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Registered Dietitians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. 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 $61K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $51,188

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

Los Angeles is home to an above-average pay rate for Registered Dietitians, 30 percent higher than the national average. Registered Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Indianapolis is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Detroit (11 percent lower) and Nashville (7 percent lower).

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

Public Health Education
up arrow 15%

Menu Planning
up arrow 14%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 5%

Long Term Care
up arrow 4%

Renal
up arrow 4%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 3%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 3%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 3%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 2%

Nutrition Support
0%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 253 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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