How Much Do Kinesiologists Make?
What Does a Kinesiologist Do?
Common Kinesiology Treatments
- Therapeutic exercises
- Walking and movement training
- Rehabilitation specific for elderly patients
- Aquatic exercise and therapy
- Modified fitness and stamina training
- Rehabilitation related to prosthetics and orthotics
- Mental rehabilitation
- Training related to driving skills
- Home-specific exercises
What Is the Median Kinesiology Salary?
Kinesiology Salaries Vary Based on Many Factors
- Location: Where you live can affect how much you make as a kinesiologist. Some cities might have greater demand for kinesiologists. A city’s average cost of living could also impact kinesiology salaries in the area.
- Experience: It’s common for experienced kinesiologists to make more than entry-level kinesiologists. As you gain more experience, your earning potential may increase.
- Education: Your level of education could impact your salary. Based on 2019 median weekly earnings, the BLS reports that doctoral, professional and master’s degree holders make more than bachelor’s degree holders. Generally, according to BLS data, the higher the educational attainment, the higher the earnings (and the lower the unemployment rate).
- Industry: The industry or work setting you choose to practice in can also impact your kinesiologist salary. For example, BLS data pertaining to exercise physiologists shows exercise physiologists employed in colleges and universities ($63,120) made more than those employed in physician offices ($53,180).
Kinesiology Salaries by Industry
- Government: $72,440
- Hospitals: $49,390
- Physician offices: $48,200
- Offices of audiologists and physical, occupational and speech therapists: $45,190
5 Best-Paying Cities for Kinesiology and Exercise Science Salaries
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV: $66,710
- Richmond, VA: $63,200
- Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI: $57,880
- St. Louis, MO-IL: $57,590
- Madison, WI: $57,530