Exercise Physiologist Salary

The average Exercise Physiologist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $20.01 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Exercise Physiologists report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Some workers in this field — just over one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$29,874 - $61,204
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MEDIAN: $41,959
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$14.83 - $27.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$29,874 - $61,204  
   
Bonus
$50.68 - $4,932  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,370 - $59,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $27.50  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$16.45 - $41.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$50.68 - $4,932  
   
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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$30,370 - $59,701  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 346

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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

  • 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


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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 $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.

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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

National Average: $42,055

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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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Key Stats for Exercise Physiologist

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

▲42%

▲10%

▲9%

National Average
$42,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Ekg
▲26%

Exercise Testing
▲20%

Cardiology
▲18%

Patient Education
▲17%

Stress Testing
▲10%

EKG Interpretation
▲8%

National Average
$42,000



Exercise Prescription
▼3%

Health Education
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 22%