Registered Dietitian Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (just under a third) of final income for Registered Dietitians. That final number averages out to $51K across the industry. 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 experience level and the particular employer are influential factors as well. For the most part, Registered Dietitians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, approximately one in four claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,417 - $64,979
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,684
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$19.70 - $36.03
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$20
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$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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Registered Dietitians may progress into high-paying roles like Physician Assistant, where median compensation is $83K annually. Registered Dietitians go on to become Dietitian or Nutritionists more often than anything even though median pay for the role is $46K. Registered Dietitians who move into a Certified Diabetes Educator role, another well-traveled path for those in this field, tend to find salaries of $61K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


Dominating the field, DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Registered Dietitians. 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 $48K and higher ones not far away at only $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


Registered Dietitians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. 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

National Average: $51,188

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

For Registered Dietitians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Seattle (+4 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Detroit and Nashville are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 7 percent lower, 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

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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