Exercise Physiologist Salary (United States)

Hourly wages for Exercise Physiologists in the United States typically come in around $18.59 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $13.19 per hour to $24.87. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. About one-fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, most report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. There are more female Exercise Physiologists than male, making up 61 percent of individuals in this profession. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$30,474 - $54,593
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MEDIAN: $40,948
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Exercise Physiologist Salary (?
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$13.19 - $24.87
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,474 - $54,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
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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$28,977 - $53,690  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 216
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.19 - $24.87  
   
Overtime
$16.00 - $33.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,226  
   
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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$28,977 - $53,690  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 361
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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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Though some Exercise Physiologists move into positions like Physician Assistant (where salaries climb a comfortable $41K), this progression is not the norm. More often, however, Exercise Physiologists go on to become Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapist (PT)s.

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Pay by Experience Level for Exercise Physiologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Exercise Physiologists with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. Salary growth can be slow for Exercise Physiologists who are just starting out. During their first decade on the job, pay typically only increases from $39K to $42K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $45K. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase for Exercise Physiologists and pay is expected at $59K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 15 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$40,000
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For those looking to make money, Exercise Physiologists in Chicago enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Exercise Physiologists will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+6 percent) and Dallas (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 3 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Detroit.

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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
0%
National Average
$40,000
Rehabilitation
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 23%
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