Acupuncturists in the United States can expect wages of $49K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to over a third, and around one in six earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Acupuncturists is high. There are more female Acupuncturists who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,470 - $90,503
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MEDIAN: $49,093
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$15.34 - $83.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,470 - $90,503  
   
Bonus
$5,000  
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,304 - $105,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 136
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.34 - $83.15  
   
Overtime
$50.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
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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$30,304 - $105,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Acupuncturist


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Many Acupuncturists move into a Licensed Acupuncturist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Licensed Acupuncturists on average bring in a similar salary to Acupuncturists.

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Pay by Experience Level for Acupuncturist

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $51K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $71K in this role. Acupuncturists who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $95K.

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Key Stats for Acupuncturist

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 28%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$56,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 38%
dental benefits
Dental: 16%
vision benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 61%
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