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Acupuncturist Salary

Earnings for Acupuncturists in the United States come in at around $49K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $29K to $104K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Just under a third report receiving medical coverage from their employers and around one in five collect dental insurance. Most Acupuncturists report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Acupuncturists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,206 - $81,668
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,816
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90%

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$15.01 - $64.95
(Median)
$15
$35
$65
MEDIAN: $35.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,206 - $81,668  
   
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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$29,107 - $103,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 176
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.01 - $64.95  
   
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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$29,107 - $103,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Acupuncturist

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


For Acupuncturists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
27%
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: 70%
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