Renal Dietitian Salary
Job Description for Renal Dietitian
Positions as a renal dietitian are common at hospitals and clinics, especially those that have specialized care for dialysis patients. The requirements for these positions include being a registered dietitian with the state, which requires a bachelor’s degree in nutrition, dietetics, or a related field. Other potential requirements may include relevant certifications and credentialing with the Commission on Dietetic Registration. In addition, many positions require at least one to two years' experience in a job related to clinical nutrition.Read More...
The renal dietitian is responsible for working directly with patients to determine plans and goals for nutrition, counseling patients and their families, monitoring diet progress, and assessing results. Use of various tools to measure and assess patients is needed, in addition to basic computer software for preparing reports and communication with colleagues. These employees frequently work independently in day-to-day work, but reports to management and supervisory positions should be expected regularly. The work environment is mostly be indoors, typically limited to hospital or clinic settings.
Physical requirements for renal dietitians are generally limited to common tasks such as moving around their work environment, kneeling, and assisting patients. Work hours vary based on the needs of the employer, but shifts during regular business operating hours are often available. Most daily activities performed by renal dietitians involve working with patients, but meetings and other administrative work may also occur regularly.
Renal Dietitian Tasks
- 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.
- May monitor food service operations to ensure conformance to nutritional, safety, sanitation and quality standards.
- 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.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Renal Dietitian
Dialysis Clinics, Inc. offers the largest salaries in town — $66K on average.
Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $50K to just $73K — but Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $56K.
Pay by Experience Level for Renal Dietitian
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Renal 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. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $55K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $58K. Renal Dietitians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $62K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $66K.
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