Exercise Physiologist Salary

Pay for Exercise Physiologists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $19.95 per hour. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Women Exercise Physiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. About one in five of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Exercise Physiologists claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,966 - $65,972
$30K
$43K
$66K
MEDIAN: $42,853
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$15.06 - $27.23
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$29,966 - $65,972  
   
Bonus
$50.87 - $5,087  
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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$30,711 - $60,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.06 - $27.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.31  
Overtime
$17.55 - $41.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$50.87 - $5,087  
   
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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$30,711 - $60,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 361

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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 sometimes assume positions such as Physician Assistants. That role pays $84K per year on average. 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.

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Popular Skills for Exercise Physiologist


Exercise Physiologists report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Health Education and Exercise Prescription. Experience with Health and Wellness is often linked with knowledge of 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

National Average: $42,178

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Exercise Physiologists, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 69 percent above the national average. 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). Exercise Physiologists in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Employers pay around 17 percent less in Nashville and 13 percent less in Boise, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Exercise Physiologist

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

▲42%

▲10%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Ekg
▲26%

Exercise Testing
▲20%

Cardiology
▲18%

Patient Education
▲17%

Stress Testing
▲9%

EKG Interpretation
▲8%

National Average
$42,000



Health Education
▼4%

Exercise Prescription
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 65 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 76%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%
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