Registered Dietitian Salary

Registered Dietitians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $49K per year for pay. Compensation ranges from $40K on the lower end to $71K per year on the higher end. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most Registered Dietitians like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and the greater part have dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,976 - $64,993
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,202
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$19.68 - $36.88
(Median)
$20
$26
$37
MEDIAN: $25.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,976 - $64,993  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
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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$39,584 - $70,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 768
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.68 - $36.88  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,017  
   
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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$39,584 - $70,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 642

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Physician Assistant. The latter position pays an average of $82K annually. Many Registered Dietitians go on to become Dietitian or Nutritionists or Licensed Dietitians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $5K lower and $2K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


Registered Dietitians fill the offices of leading firms DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare. 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 $45K and higher ones not far away at only $70K.

Sodexo, Inc. offers the least pay with a median salary of $48K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $58K.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Survey results imply that Registered Dietitians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Eating Disorders, Sports Nutrition, and Renal are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of 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 many Registered Dietitians, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. Registered Dietitians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $58K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Registered Dietitians that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), New York (+17 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 6 percent less in Phoenix and 5 percent less in Boston, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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 3%

Nutrition Support
0%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 2%

Weight Loss/Weight Management
up arrow 2%

Pediatrics
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 246 votes.

Gender

Female
96 %
Male
4 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 72% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 27%