Exercise Physiologist Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for Exercise Physiologists comes from commissions — more than a third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $41K. Earnings sit near $13.93 per hour on the lower side but can approach $25.43 on the higher side. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Some workers in this field — about a fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. Women make up a slight majority of Exercise Physiologists (58 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Exercise Physiologists move into roles as Physician Assistants, where pay is an average $83K per year. However, it's more common for Exercise Physiologists to move into roles as Medical Exercise Physiologists or Physical Therapist (PT)s.

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Survey results suggest that Exercise Physiologists use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Exercise Testing and Stress Testing are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Health and Wellness and Patient Education. Many workers who know Health and Wellness also know Rehabilitation.

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 earnings. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $39K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Exercise Physiologists make a median salary of $45K. Exercise Physiologists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $59K.

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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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