Registered Dietitian Salary

The larger portion of Registered Dietitians in the United States are women. Median pay in this female-dominated area goes for around $49K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $40K and $71K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Health benefits are not claimed by all — nearly one-fourth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction for Registered Dietitians is high.

$39,361 - $64,590

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$19.79 - $36.32

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,361 - $64,590  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,076  
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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$39,998 - $70,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 852
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.79 - $36.32  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,076  
   
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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$39,998 - $70,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 709
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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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As Registered Dietitians transition into upper-level roles such as Physician Assistant, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Physician Assistants earn $82K on average per year. As Registered Dietitians progress in their field, many go on to become Dietitian or Nutritionists. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $46K. Another common career choice for Registered Dietitians is to move into a Certified Diabetes Educator role — this promotion usually pays $61K.

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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., Morrison Healthcare, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc. HCR ManorCare offers the largest salaries in town — $61K on average.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Registered Dietitians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Long Term Care, Sports Nutrition, Renal, and Diabetes Education are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Most people who know Counseling also know 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.


Registered Dietitians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $48K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $54K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $58K in this role. Registered Dietitians who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Dietitians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 33 percent greater than the national average. Registered Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), Miami (+3 percent), and Philadelphia (+3 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 20 percent below the national average. Phoenix and Boston are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 5 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


Sports Nutrition
up arrow 5%

Renal
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 2%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 2%

Diabetes Education
up arrow 2%

Nutrition Support
up arrow 1%

National Average
$51,000

Nutrition
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
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 225 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: 26%
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