Exercise Physiologist Salary
|Salary||$29,874 - $61,204|
|Bonus||$50.68 - $4,932|
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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).)
|$30,370 - $59,701|
|Hourly Rate||$14.83 - $27.50|
|Overtime||$16.45 - $41.05|
|Bonus||$50.68 - $4,932|
|Total Pay (||$30,370 - $59,701|
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.Read More...
Exercise physiologists often help clients understand what effects particular actions may have on the body. When working with patients who have medical conditions, the physiologist must pay special attention to ensure that the client has not surpassed capacity; this may involve using machinery such as electrocardiogram equipment, blood pressure cuffs, oxygen monitors, and exercise ergometers.
The job can be strenuous when assisting patients and demonstrating exercises, so it is important to be physically fit. Those in this position will work with people of various ages and abilities, so patience and compassion are also important. Current BLS certification is often necessary, and a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is generally required, while some employers require a master’s degree.
Exercise Physiologist Tasks
- Perform rehabilitation services for chronic illness, disability or health related fitness.
- Counsel and educate patient to meet fitness and treatment plan goals.
- Recommend, instruct and monitor use of exercise equipment by patient.
- Conduct assessment, analysis and treatment plan.
Common Career Paths for Exercise Physiologist
While not commonly seen, Exercise Physiologists who transition into a Physician Assistant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Physician Assistants is $84K per year. Going from Exercise Physiologist to Medical Exercise Physiologist is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Medical Exercise Physiologists is $41K. Many others choose to work as Physical Therapists, where pay is typically $67K.
Popular Skills for Exercise Physiologist
Exercise Physiologists generally report applying a varied skill set 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 26 percent, 20 percent, and 18 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Health Education and Exercise Prescription. Many workers who know Health and Wellness also know Rehabilitation.
Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist
Pay by Experience for an Exercise Physiologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Exercise Physiologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 356 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Exercise Physiologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 115 salaries. An experienced Exercise Physiologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 94 salaries. An Exercise Physiologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 38 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Exercise Physiologists that is 70 percent greater than the national average, Houston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Exercise Physiologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+31 percent), Portland (+23 percent), Boston (+22 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Exercise Physiologists in Dallas earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Nashville (17 percent lower) and Boise (13 percent lower).
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