Exercise Physiologist Salary (United States)

Pay for Exercise Physiologists in the United States is typically around $18.59 per hour. Compensation generally starts at $13.19 per hour and does not exceed $24.87. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although 23 percent lack health benefits of any kind, most do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too. Most Exercise Physiologists (61 percent) are women. Job satisfaction for Exercise Physiologists is high. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$30,474 - $54,593
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MEDIAN: $40,948
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Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$13.19 - $24.87
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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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 (?
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  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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  
PayScale
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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While not commonly found, Exercise Physiologists who move on to become Physician Assistants bring in an additional $41K annually. Becoming a Medical Exercise Physiologist or a Physical Therapist is, however, a more typical career progression for Exercise Physiologists.

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Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is important when determining pay for Exercise Physiologists. Salaries go up slowly for those just starting out, crawling from $39K to $42K after five to 10 years in the field. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $45K. As Exercise Physiologists reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$40,000
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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Exercise Physiologists, 14 percent above the national average. Exercise Physiologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). Detroit is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of 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%
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