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Acupuncturist Salary

Acupuncturists in the United States can expect wages of $49K per year on average. The bottom of the pay range sits near $29K, and the top verges on $104K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Acupuncturists (61 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and one in five collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$26,923 - $79,644
(Median)
$27K
$49K
$80K
MEDIAN: $48,633
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90%

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$14.36 - $65.25
(Median)
$14
$35
$65
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$26,923 - $79,644  
   
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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$28,833 - $103,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.36 - $65.25  
   
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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$28,833 - $103,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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Job Description for Acupuncturist

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine with its origins in the Chinese philosophy of Qi, or life energy; acupuncture manipulates the balance of this energy with the insertion of thin, metal needles into various acupuncture points, depending on the ailment. Acupuncture treats a variety of physical, emotional, and mental disorders. Acupuncturists are required to assess clients' soft tissue condition, nerves and blood vessels to determine appropriate acupressure sites. They must confer with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress or pain in order to determine what acupuncture techniques would be helpful. During a treatment session, an acupuncturist will place small needles into predetermined sites on a patient's skin to relieve pain or stress. Acupuncturists must have advanced knowledge of human anatomy and physiology, including acupuncture points, the flow of life energy, and general health-related issues. They must be well-versed in diagnostic skills and methods, as well as be proficient with a range of acupuncture techniques and treatments. An empathetic nature and good listening skills will help acupuncturists relate to their patients. Additionally, acupuncturists must have a calm demeanor and steady hands. Acupuncturists often are self-employed, able to determine their own hours and schedule of clients; they may travel to patients’ homes or work evenings or weekends for patients’ convenience. Other acupuncturists work in hospitals or clinics in comfortable offices that are quiet and clean. In the United States, there are varied requirements for obtaining a license to practice acupuncture, depending on the state; required training likely will include apprenticeship in addition to coursework.


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.

Common Career Paths for Acupuncturist


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Acupuncturists who transition into an upper level Licensed Acupuncturist position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Licensed Acupuncturist makes $50K a year.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 18%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%