Exercise Physiologist Salary

Total annual pay for Exercise Physiologists is approximately $40K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — a little less than one-half on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $13.68 per hour, and the top verges on $24.84. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. 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 strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,153 - $58,466
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$30K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $40,741
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$13.68 - $24.84
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,153 - $58,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
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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$29,570 - $54,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 219
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.68 - $24.84  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $33.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,174  
   
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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$29,570 - $54,654  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 376

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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 it's uncommon, some Exercise Physiologists move into roles as Physician Assistants, where pay is an average $82K per year. More commonly, Exercise Physiologists become Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapists.

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Survey results show that Exercise Physiologists typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

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


Exercise Physiologists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $38K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $41K. Exercise Physiologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Exercise Physiologists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $56K.

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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
up arrow 26%

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 129 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

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