A large fraction of take-home pay for Exercise Physiologists comes from commissions — roughly a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $41K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, approximately one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Exercise Physiologists. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,114 - $66,168
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$42K
$66K
MEDIAN: $41,856
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$14.67 - $26.69
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,114 - $66,168  
   
Bonus
$51.28 - $4,978  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Commission
$14,000  
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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$30,493 - $59,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 183
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $26.69  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.23  
Overtime
$16.45 - $38.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$51.28 - $4,978  
   
Commission
$14,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$30,493 - $59,299  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 339
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Job Description for Exercise Physiologist

Exercise physiologists focus on how exercise affects the body, often according to various health conditions, and are often tasked with restoring health to conditions prior to medical problems or simply improving basic functioning of the body. These physiologists may be present at gyms, hospitals, wellness centers, research centers, and even athletic settings, and are often in charge of overseeing exercise programs for individual clients or groups. Prior to administering exercise programs, they may perform evaluations of clients' abilities and goals. As time goes on, they will help clients progress and maintain healthier lifestyles, and administer health education such as home exercise assignments and dietary guidelines.

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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.

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Exercise Physiologists do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $84K per year. More commonly, Exercise Physiologists become Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapists.

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Popular Skills for Exercise Physiologist


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Ekg, Exercise Testing, and Cardiology are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those with knowledge of Health and Wellness tend to be skilled in Rehabilitation as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Exercise Physiologists. The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $44K. Exercise Physiologists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $60K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 45%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Ekg
up arrow 28%

Exercise Testing
up arrow 22%

Cardiology
up arrow 20%

Patient Education
up arrow 19%

Stress Testing
up arrow 11%

EKG Interpretation
up arrow 6%

National Average
$41,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 1%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 2%

Health Education
up arrow 2%

Exercise Prescription
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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