Exercise Physiologist Salary

Total annual pay for Exercise Physiologists is approximately $40K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — more than a third on average. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Some workers in this field — roughly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Women Exercise Physiologists who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Exercise Physiologists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,219 - $58,676

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$13.60 - $24.58

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$30,219 - $58,676  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
Profit Sharing
$590 - $2,056  
Total Pay (?
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$29,587 - $54,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.60 - $24.58  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $34.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,939  
   
Profit Sharing
$590 - $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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$29,587 - $54,124  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 398
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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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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 $82K per year. It is more probable, however, that Exercise Physiologists become Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapists.

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Exercise Physiologists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Fortunate workers who know Exercise Testing command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Health and Wellness and Patient Education.

Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Exercise Physiologists do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $38K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. For Exercise Physiologists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $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 12%

Mid-Career
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National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Exercise Testing
up arrow 26%

Cardiology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Rehabilitation
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Exercise Prescription
up arrow 2%

Patient Education
up arrow 5%

Health and Wellness
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 65%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 20%
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