Registered Dietitian Salary

Women make up the vast majority of Registered Dietitians in the United States. The average pay in this industry is approximately $51K annually. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. 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. Most Registered Dietitians report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,267 - $66,975
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$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $50,989
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$19.86 - $36.91
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MEDIAN: $26.30
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$0$71K
Salary $40,267 - $66,975
Bonus $404.90 - $5,673
Profit Sharing $1,100
Commission $14,000
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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$40,757 - $71,580
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,084
Hourly Data $0$53
Hourly Rate $19.86 - $36.91
Overtime $28.73 - $53.65
Annual Data $0$71K
Bonus $404.90 - $5,673
Commission $14,000
Profit Sharing $1,100
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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$40,757 - $71,580
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 820

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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 who go on to become Physician Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Physician Assistants 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.

Registered Dietitian Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare are among the top companies that take on many Registered Dietitians. Golden LivingCenters attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $62K. HCR ManorCare, DaVita Inc., and Life Care Centers of America are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Registered Dietitians earning around $62K, $59K, or $54K at each firm, respectively.

Also approaching the lower end are Aramark at $49K, Emily Program at $49K, and Sodexo, Inc. at $51K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Registered Dietitians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Renal, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, and Diabetes Educator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diabetes Education. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to know Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietitian

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 364 salaries. An experienced Registered Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 327 salaries. A Registered Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,517

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

Home to some of the best pay for Registered Dietitians, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Registered Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Registered Dietitians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Registered Dietitians in Nashville bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Charlotte (18 percent less) and Phoenix (6 percent less).

Registered Dietitian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Registered Dietitian?

Registered Dietitian in Henderson:
"Hard work that few people value."
Pros: The people I work with make my job worth doing.
Cons: My patients see no value in changing their health, and rarely work to change it.

Registered Dietitian in San Diego:
"Underpaid."
Pros: Very fulfilling work, do many 'thank you's' from patients.
Cons: Very abysmal pay.

Registered Dietitian in Cleveland:
"Flexible."
Pros: Hours, flexibility, critical care and working with physicians.
Cons: Salary, under compensated for complexity of acute care.

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 235 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Registered Dietitian Salaries

▲19%

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$53,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Registered Dietitian Salaries

▲5%





Nutrition
▼0%

Patient Education
▼0%



▼0%

National Average
$53,000


▼1%

▼2%


Diabetes Education
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 27%
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