The average salary for an Acupuncturist is $47,813 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this field. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Acupuncturist Total Pay (?
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$29,142 - $93,688
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Acupuncturist Total Pay (?
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$14.43 - $70.49
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MEDIAN: $40
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$29,142 - $93,688  
   
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$0.00 - $9,729  
Total Pay (?
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$29,648 - $127,716  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $70.49  
   
Overtime
$26.50 - $52.50  
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$0.00 - $9,729  
   
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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$29,648 - $127,716  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 161
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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.
Pay by Experience Level for Acupuncturist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
New York
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National Average
$56,000
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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
up arrow 21%
Mid-Career
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National Average
$56,000
Entry-Level
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Gender
Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
6%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 31% dental benefits Dental: 19%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 69%
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