Exercise Physiologist Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $41K, over a third of overall earnings for Exercise Physiologists arrives through commissions. Earnings generally vary between $13.93 per hour and $25.43. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Exercise Physiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to a fifth lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and a majority have dental, too. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,417 - $59,662
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$60K
MEDIAN: $41,049
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$13.93 - $25.43
(Median)
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,417 - $59,662  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
Profit Sharing
$800  
Commission
$15,000  
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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$30,038 - $56,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 251
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $25.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$15.81 - $34.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,183  
   
Commission
$15,000  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$30,038 - $56,106  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 457
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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.

Common Career Paths for Exercise Physiologist


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Exercise Physiologists do not often transition into Physician Assistant roles. The role averages $83K per year. Becoming a Medical Exercise Physiologist or a Physical Therapist is, however, a more typical career progression for Exercise Physiologists.

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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. During the first five years of their careers, Exercise Physiologists see a median income of $39K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $41K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $45K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $59K, 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 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
up arrow 25%

Stress Testing
up arrow 10%

Cardiology
up arrow 2%

Health Education
0%

National Average
$41,000

Rehabilitation
up arrow 2%

Exercise Prescription
up arrow 3%

Patient Education
up arrow 6%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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