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Acupuncturist Salary

For Acupuncturists, annual average wages total $49K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $29K to $104K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Acupuncturists. Acupuncturists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 61 percent. Slightly less than a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a fifth collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,654 - $81,374
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,760
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90%

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$16.58 - $64.86
(Median)
$17
$36
$65
MEDIAN: $35.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,654 - $81,374  
   
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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$29,357 - $103,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 179
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$16.58 - $64.86  
   
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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$29,357 - $103,702  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Licensed Acupuncturist. Median pay for Licensed Acupuncturists is $50K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Acupuncturist

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


Acupuncturists with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $49K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $60K. Acupuncturists bring in $63K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Acupuncturist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $70K.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

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
61 %
Male
39 %

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: 70%
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