Registered Dietitian Salary

Most Registered Dietitians in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $51K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. The majority of Registered Dietitians claim high levels of job satisfaction. While close to one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a fair number do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well.

$40,401 - $67,059
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$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $51,078
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$19.96 - $37.77
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MEDIAN: $26.52
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$0$72K
Salary $40,401 - $67,059
Bonus $415.18 - $5,536
Profit Sharing $925
Commission $14,000
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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$40,928 - $72,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,064
Hourly Data $0$55
Hourly Rate $19.96 - $37.77
Overtime $28.65 - $55.65
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $415.18 - $5,536
Commission $14,000
Profit Sharing $925
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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$40,928 - $72,396
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 843

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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

  • 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 Registered Dietitian


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At the upper end, Registered Dietitians who move into a Physician Assistant role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Physician Assistants is a much higher $84K per year. Registered Dietitians most often advance into Dietitian or Nutritionist and Dietitian positions even though the median salaries are $6K lower and $1K lower, respectively.

Registered Dietitian Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Registered Dietitian


Many Registered Dietitians can be found at DaVita Inc., Sodexo, Inc., Healthcare Services Group, Inc., Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc., and Morrison Healthcare, firms that are at the top of the field. For Registered Dietitians, comfortable salaries can be found at Golden LivingCenters; in fact, median earnings sit around $62K, the highest in the area. Also paying near the top of the field are HCR ManorCare at $62K, DaVita Inc. at $59K, and Life Care Centers of America, where Registered Dietitians annually earn $54K.

Workers at Aramark, Emily Program, and Sodexo, Inc. also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $49K, $49K, and $51K respectively.

Popular Skills for Registered Dietitian


Registered Dietitians report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Renal, Sports Nutrition, Eating Disorders, and Diabetes Educator are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Diabetes Education. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Registered Dietitian

Pay by Experience for a Registered Dietitian has a positive trend. An entry-level Registered Dietitian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 1,117 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Registered Dietitian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 364 salaries. An experienced Registered Dietitian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 327 salaries. A Registered Dietitian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 210 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $52,757

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

For Registered Dietitians, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Registered Dietitians will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+13 percent), New York (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Registered Dietitians' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Registered Dietitians in Nashville bring in salaries that are 20 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Phoenix (18 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

Registered Dietitian Reviews

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

Registered Dietitian in Henderson:
"Hard work that few people value."
Pros: The people I work with make my job worth doing.
Cons: My patients see no value in changing their health, and rarely work to change it.

Registered Dietitian in San Diego:
"Underpaid."
Pros: Very fulfilling work, do many 'thank you's' from patients.
Cons: Very abysmal pay.

Registered Dietitian in Cleveland:
"Flexible."
Pros: Hours, flexibility, critical care and working with physicians.
Cons: Salary, under compensated for complexity of acute care.

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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Key Stats for Registered Dietitian

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Registered Dietitian Salaries

▲18%

▲14%

▲4%

National Average
$53,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Registered Dietitian Salaries

▲4%







▼0%

National Average
$53,000

Nutrition
▼1%

Patient Education
▼1%

▼2%


▼2%


Diabetes Education
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 250 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 71%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 28%
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