Clinical Dietitian Salary

Most Clinical Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $49K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but years of experience and the individual firm are influential factors as well. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Close to a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$40,681 - $64,079
$41K
$50K
$64K
MEDIAN: $49,889
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$19.73 - $34.60
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MEDIAN: $24.92
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$0$68K
Salary $40,681 - $64,079
Bonus $425 - $4,750
Total Pay (?
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$40,877 - $68,289
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 357
Hourly Data $0$52
Hourly Rate $19.73 - $34.60
Overtime $2.64 - $52.28
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $425 - $4,750
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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$40,877 - $68,289
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 280

Job Description for Clinical Dietitian

Clinical dietitians are responsible for all aspects of patient diet and nutrition therapy in a clinical setting. This involves first assessing patient status to determine nutritional and dietary needs. They then identify medical goals and develop a nutritional plan that helps patients improve their health. Once a plan has been implemented, clinical dietitians monitor patients and make adjustments to their dietary recommendations as needed. They work with both patients and their families to teach healthy eating habits, encourage program adherence, and develop customized diets for cultural, religious, and/or income-restricted individuals. At the conclusion of their assistance, clinical dietitians provide exit counseling or long-term planning and advice to ensure healthy living for the patient once they are no longer under the dietitian’s care.

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Clinical 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.

Common Career Paths for Clinical Dietitian


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Clinical Dietitians who transition into a Clinical Nutrition Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $62K per year. Clinical Dietitians most frequently advance into Registered Dietitian and Dietitian or Nutritionist roles even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Clinical Dietitian Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Clinical Dietitian


Although Sodexo, Inc. offers the highest salaries (median pay is $49K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $40K to $62K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Morrison Healthcare — median pay is $43K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $36K and only reaching $59K.

Popular Skills for Clinical Dietitian


Survey takers working as Clinical Dietitians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Weight Loss/Weight Management, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), and Critical Care are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 24 percent, 19 percent, and 17 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Clinical Education are similarly competent in Nutrition Support.

Pay by Experience Level for Clinical Dietitian

Pay by Experience for a Clinical Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Clinical Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 407 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Clinical Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 95 salaries. An experienced Clinical Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 88 salaries. A Clinical Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 68 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,796

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

Clinical Dietitians will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Clinical Dietitians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+22 percent), New York (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami. Two other places where employers salaries are below the median are Atlanta and Raleigh (11 percent lower).

Clinical Dietitian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Clinical Dietitian?

Clinical Dietitian in Indianapolis:
Pros: Helping others. Working with pediatrics. Influencing others health.
Cons: Working for large corporations.

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Key Stats for Clinical Dietitian

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Clinical Dietitian Salaries

▲20%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$51,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Clinical Dietitian Salaries

Weight Loss/Weight Management
▲23%

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
▲18%

Critical Care
▲16%

Patient Counseling
▲4%

Diabetes Education
▲4%

Dietetics
▲2%

▼0%

National Average
$51,000





Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 23%