Exercise Physiologist Salary

On average, commissions constitute a fair portion (over a third) of final income for Exercise Physiologists. That final number averages out to $40K across the industry. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Exercise Physiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Exercise Physiologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,230 - $57,815
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,737
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$13.57 - $24.57
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,230 - $57,815  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
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).
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$29,556 - $53,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 230
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $24.57  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $34.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,479  
   
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).
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$29,556 - $53,835  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 392
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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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It's not very common for Exercise Physiologists to move on to become Physician Assistants. Average pay for a Physician Assistant is $82K annually. However, Exercise Physiologists typically graduate to Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapists.

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Survey results suggest that Exercise Physiologists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate 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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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 bring in $45K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Exercise Physiologist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $54K.

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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
up arrow 26%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Exercise Prescription
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 115 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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