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Exercise Physiologist Salary (United States)

Exercise Physiologists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $18.70 per hour. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Exercise Physiologists (59 percent) survey respondents. Most Exercise Physiologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and around one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a fair number and dental coverage is claimed by a majority. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$30,233 - $55,276
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Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$13.52 - $24.91
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,233 - $55,276  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,212  
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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$29,339 - $53,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.52 - $24.91  
   
Overtime
$13.25 - $34.04  
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$0.00 - $1,212  
   
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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$29,339 - $53,762  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 369
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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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There are some Exercise Physiologists — though it's uncommon — that transition into Physician Assistants, where earnings are an average $82K annually. A more common career path for Exercise Physiologists is stepping into the role of Medical Exercise Physiologist or Physical Therapist.

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Survey takers who work as Exercise Physiologists usually report a few specific skills. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $38K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $41K. Exercise Physiologists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $45K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $54K.

Pay Difference By Location

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$40,000
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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Exercise Physiologists in Chicago receive some of the highest pay in the country. Exercise Physiologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+5 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). In Colorado Springs, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Detroit and Austin.

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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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Patient Education
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 146 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 21%