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Registered Dietitian Salary

Registered Dietitians in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $49K per year. Earnings sit near $40K on the lower side but can approach $71K per year on the higher side. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Most Registered Dietitians report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — nearly one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by more than half. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$38,999 - $64,930
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,300
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$19.72 - $36.44
(Median)
$20
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,999 - $64,930  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
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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$39,672 - $70,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 806
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.72 - $36.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.76  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,054  
   
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).
)
$39,672 - $70,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 674
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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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For Registered Dietitians, progressing to a Physician Assistant role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Physician Assistant can earn $82K annually. Registered Dietitians most frequently become Dietitian or Nutritionists and Licensed Dietitians even though median compensation is $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. Salary cannot be beat at DaVita Inc., where median pay comes to $56K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $46K, and the higher end is not far away at $69K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Eating Disorders, Sports Nutrition, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $53K. Registered Dietitians see a median salary of $58K after reaching one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $61K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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 (+4 percent), and Seattle (+3 percent). Registered Dietitians in Indianapolis earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (7 percent lower) and Boston (5 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


Eating Disorders
up arrow 6%

Sports Nutrition
up arrow 5%

Renal
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 2%

Nutrition Support
0%

Diabetes Education
0%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 3%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 239 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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