Registered Dietitian Salary

Women account for the majority of Registered Dietitians in the United States. The entire group has an average salary of $49K per year. Compensation ranges between $40K and $71K per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. While some workers in this profession — one in four — do not have any health coverage, a fair number do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Registered Dietitians is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,314 - $64,796
(Median)
$39K
$49K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,377
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$19.78 - $36.39
(Median)
$20
$26
$36
MEDIAN: $25.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,314 - $64,796  
   
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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$39,946 - $70,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 846
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$19.78 - $36.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $46.26  
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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$39,946 - $70,916  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 692
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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 $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


Registered Dietitians flock to DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., Morrison Healthcare, and Healthcare Services Group, Inc., highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Registered Dietitians in search of the best pay head to DaVita Inc., where the median salary rolls in at $56K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $69K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $46K.

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 Eating Disorders are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $54K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Registered Dietitians make a median salary of $58K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Registered Dietitians, Los Angeles provides a pay rate that is 32 percent greater than the national average. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in New York (+18 percent), San Diego (+7 percent), Philadelphia (+3 percent), and Miami (+3 percent). In Indianapolis, salaries are 19 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers in Phoenix and Detroit also lean toward paying below-median salaries (8 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%

Eating Disorders
up arrow 4%

Diabetes Educator
up arrow 2%

Diabetes Education
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Nutrition Support
up arrow 1%

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 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 229 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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