Total annual pay for Exercise Physiologists is approximately $42K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — close to one-third on average. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Exercise Physiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not claimed by all — between a fifth and a fourth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,862 - $65,836
$30K
$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,286
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$14.74 - $27.30
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,862 - $65,836  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $5,011  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,354 - $60,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.74 - $27.30  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$16.38 - $39.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$50.68 - $5,011  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,354 - $60,269  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344

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Job Description for Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists focus on how exercise affects the body, often according to various health conditions, and are often tasked with restoring health to conditions prior to medical problems or simply improving basic functioning of the body. These physiologists may be present at gyms, hospitals, wellness centers, research centers, and even athletic settings, and are often in charge of overseeing exercise programs for individual clients or groups. Prior to administering exercise programs, they may perform evaluations of clients' abilities and goals. As time goes on, they will help clients progress and maintain healthier lifestyles, and administer health education such as home exercise assignments and dietary guidelines.

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Exercise Physiologist Tasks

  • Perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability or health related fitness.
  • Counsel and educate patient to meet fitness and treatment plan goals.
  • Recommend, instruct and monitor use of exercise equipment by patient.
  • Conduct assessment, analysis and treatment plan.

Common Career Paths for Exercise Physiologist


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Exercise Physiologists who advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $84K per year. More often than not, a Medical Exercise Physiologist role is the next step for Exercise Physiologists moving up in the field. Pay for Medical Exercise Physiologists is usually $41K. Many Exercise Physiologists choose to take on a Physical Therapist role instead, where salaries are typically $67K.

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Popular Skills for Exercise Physiologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Ekg, Exercise Testing, and Patient Education are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 21 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Health and Wellness, Health Education, and Exercise Prescription. Experience with Health and Wellness is often linked with knowledge of Rehabilitation.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $40K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. Exercise Physiologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K on average.

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Key Stats for Exercise Physiologist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Ekg
up arrow 26%

Exercise Testing
up arrow 21%

Cardiology
up arrow 19%

Patient Education
up arrow 19%

Stress Testing
up arrow 10%

EKG Interpretation
up arrow 9%

National Average
$42,000



Health Education
up arrow 3%

Exercise Prescription
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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