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Acupuncturist Salary

An average Acupuncturist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K annually. Compensation ranges between $27K and $103K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women account for the majority of Acupuncturists who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Just under a third enjoy medical while nearly one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around one in eight. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Acupuncturists. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
$25,461 - $74,135
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MEDIAN: $47,631
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$14.19 - $64.55
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MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$25,461 - $74,135  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
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$27,310 - $102,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 149
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Hourly Rate
$14.19 - $64.55  
   
Overtime
$26.50 - $52.50  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,839  
   
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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$27,310 - $102,948  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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 17%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 30% dental benefits Dental: 21%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%