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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
10%
50%
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$28,833 - $103,947  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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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.

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%