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Active Voice: What Today's Worksite Wellness Practitioners Are Paid

from By David Chenoweth, Ph.D.

Viewpoints presented in SMB commentaries reflect opinions of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of ACSM.

David Chenoweth, Ph.D., FAWHP, is professor emeritus at East Carolina University, where he directed the worksite health promotion academic program for nearly three decades. Currently, he is president of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc. Over the past 34 years, Dr. Chenoweth has conducted wellness program, policy and risk factor-specific cost management evaluations for organizations throughout the U.S. and Europe. David was a contributing author to ACSM’s Worksite Health Handbook: A Guide to Building Healthy and Productive Companies, 2nd Edition eBook.

This commentary presents Dr. Chenoweth's views on the topic of an article which he and his colleagues authored for the ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal (HFIT). The article, "Practical Implications: National Compensation Survey of Worksite Wellness Practitioners," appears in the July-August issue of HFIT.”


Salary surveys have been common for quite a while, especially for occupations such as human resources, benefits, risk management and occupational health and safety. However, it's only been in the past two decades that salary surveys have been conducted among worksite wellness practitioners – in fact, only five such surveys have been published in worksite wellness venues since 1997.

One of the most noticeable differences between our survey and previous worksite wellness salary surveys is the target population – in terms of size and composition. In fact, respondents to our survey represent all 50 states and a large cross-section of worksite wellness and affiliated health management personnel. We found that most respondents with a primary responsibility in worksite wellness also work in one [and sometimes two] other affiliated health management areas such as human resources, benefits, safety and occupational health. more


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