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Exercise Physiologist Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Exercise Physiologists in the United States typically come in around $18.59 per hour. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a fourth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair portion and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Women make up the majority of Exercise Physiologists (61 percent). Most Exercise Physiologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$30,474 - $54,593
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Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$13.19 - $24.87
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,474 - $54,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,035  
Total Pay (?
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$28,977 - $53,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 216
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,035  
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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$28,977 - $53,690  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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Job Description for Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability, or health related fitness. They are frequently employed in hospitals and physical therapy clinics. This profession is very people-oriented, as exercise physiologists are there for their patients during every step of their rehabilitation. They assess their patients' conditions, analyze their issues, and come up with an individualized treatment plan to help the patient improve their health. When physical activity is part of the rehabilitation plan, they instruct and monitor the use of exercise equipment by their patients. Additionally, they serve as a counselor and educator to the patient, helping them to meet their fitness and treatment plan goals. In this profession, employees may be required to work outside of normal business hours or on weekends. Some of the work is mental, such as designing exercise plans, but the work may also be physical when working with an exercising patient.
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Exercise Physiologist Tasks
  • Recommend, instruct and monitor use of exercise equipment by patient.
  • Conduct assessment, analysis and treatment plan.
  • Perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability or health related fitness.
  • Counsel and educate patient to meet fitness and treatment plan goals.

Common Career Paths for Exercise Physiologist

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Though not the most common occurrence, Exercise Physiologists sometimes become Physician Assistants, where the average income is $81K per year. A more common career path for Exercise Physiologists is stepping into the role of Medical Exercise Physiologist or Physical Therapist.

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Exercise Physiologists note just a narrow range of job skills. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $42K. Exercise Physiologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $59K. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field — most of those surveyed fit this bill. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up roughly one in seven of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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Exercise Physiologists will find that Chicago offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Exercise Physiologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). Detroit ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 3 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
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Exercise Prescription
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National Average
$40,000
Rehabilitation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%