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.

$39,854 - $65,680
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$40K
$51K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,592
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$19.79 - $35.54
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$26
$36
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,854 - $65,680  
   
Bonus
$310.27 - $5,472  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
Commission
$14,483  
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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$40,395 - $70,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,006
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $35.54  
   
Overtime
$27.07 - $54.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$310.27 - $5,472  
   
Commission
$14,483  
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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$40,395 - $70,139  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 708
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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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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

National Average: $51,921

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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).

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
$52,000


Skills That Affect Registered Dietitian Salaries

Renal
up arrow 4%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 4%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 3%

Long Term Care
up arrow 2%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 1%

Patient Counseling
up arrow 1%

Nutrition
0%

Counseling
0%

Nutrition Support
0%

Dietetics
0%

Oncology
0%

National Average
$52,000

Patient Education
up arrow 1%

Pediatrics
up arrow 1%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 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: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 62%
medical benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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