Acupuncturist Salary

Acupuncturists in the United States take home an average $49K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $29K, and the top verges on $103K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Acupuncturists (62 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Acupuncturists. Just under one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$28,886 - $81,980
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,797
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$15.68 - $65.32
(Median)
$16
$35
$65
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,886 - $81,980  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Total Pay (?
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$29,463 - $102,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $65.32  
   
Overtime
$26.50 - $52.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
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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$29,463 - $102,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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Job Description for Acupuncturist

Acupuncturists perform therapy with tiny needles in order to relieve pain and stress. This acupuncture is applied to various parts of the body that are believed to help remedy certain ailments; some common treatments are for migraines, weight loss, allergies, and back pain. Acupuncture may also be recommended as part of treatment plans for pain relief for cancer patients.

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Acupuncturist Tasks

  • Confer with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress or pain in order to determine what acupuncture techniques would be helpful.
  • Place small needles into predetermined sites on a patient's skin to relieve pain or stress.
  • Assess clients' soft tissue condition, nerves and blood vessels to determine appropriate acupressure sites.

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Acupuncturists who go on to become Licensed Acupuncturists may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Licensed Acupuncturist, an upper-level role, pays $50K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Acupuncturist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Acupuncturists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. As Acupuncturists reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $66K.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 28%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%
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