Exercise Physiologist Salary

An average Exercise Physiologist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $19.87 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Exercise Physiologists like their work and job satisfaction is high. While some workers in this profession — nearly one in five — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Exercise Physiologists (52 percent) survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,032 - $70,345
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MEDIAN: $43,871
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$15.09 - $26.75
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$0$70K
Salary $30,032 - $70,345
Bonus $49.83 - $4,848
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$30,966 - $58,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 182
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $15.09 - $26.75
Hourly Tips $0.31
Overtime $18.33 - $41.05
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $49.83 - $4,848
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$30,966 - $58,762
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 15 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 388

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 Exercise Physiologists do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $84K per year on average. Given that the median pay is $41K, it may be surprising to find that a Medical Exercise Physiologist is the most common role for Exercise Physiologists to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Physical Therapist role — which pays $67K — is also typical for Exercise Physiologists, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Exercise Physiologist


Survey results show that Exercise Physiologists use a fair number of 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Health Education and Exercise Prescription. Aptitude in Health and Wellness tends to also indicate an understanding 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: $42,406

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

For Exercise Physiologists, Houston provides a pay rate that is 70 percent greater than 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 earn salaries far below the national average by 27 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Below-median salaries also turn up in Nashville and Boise (17 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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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 80 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Experience Affects Exercise Physiologist Salaries

▲41%

▲9%

▲8%

National Average
$42,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Exercise Physiologist Salaries

Ekg
▲25%

Exercise Testing
▲19%

Cardiology
▲18%

Patient Education
▲16%

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 80 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 22%