What am I worth?
Get a free salary report »
What should I pay?
Pay the right way »

Exercise Physiologist Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Exercise Physiologists (more than a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $40K. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 59 percent. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and approximately one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by more than half. Most Exercise Physiologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Read More
$30,151 - $57,081
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,707
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$13.49 - $24.84
(Median)
$13
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,151 - $57,081  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,207  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,056  
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).
)
$29,444 - $54,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.49 - $24.84  
   
Overtime
$16.59 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,207  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $2,056  
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).
)
$29,444 - $54,071  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 391
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Exercise Physiologists who advance into the role of a Physician Assistant are fairly uncommon. Physician Assistants on average earn $82K per year. Moving from an Exercise Physiologist to Medical Exercise Physiologist or Physical Therapist is a more common career path, however.

Exercise Physiologist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Exercise Physiologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

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


For Exercise Physiologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $38K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $41K. Exercise Physiologists see a median salary of $45K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $54K.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
up arrow 26%

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

Exercise Prescription
0%

National Average
$40,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%
ADVERTISEMENT