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Exercise Physiologist Salary

Commissions form a big slice (just under a half) of total compensation for Exercise Physiologists. The median income in this area hovers around $40K. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Exercise Physiologists is high. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, nearly one in five are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,069 - $57,197
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,737
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$13.52 - $24.77
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,069 - $57,197  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,170  
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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$29,383 - $54,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $24.77  
   
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.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,170  
   
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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$29,383 - $54,147  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 385

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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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Exercise Physiologists do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $82K per year. Moving from an Exercise Physiologist to Medical Exercise Physiologist or Physical Therapist is a more common career path, however.

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Exercise Physiologists report a narrow range of specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing command much higher paychecks, 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.


For Exercise Physiologists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $45K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $54K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

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 122 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%
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