Acupuncturist Salary

The average Acupuncturist in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $29K to $103K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Acupuncturists who responded to the questionnaire — 62 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for Acupuncturists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in three report receiving medical coverage from their employers and nearly one in five collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,758 - $81,152
(Median)
$28K
$49K
$81K
MEDIAN: $48,735
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$14.79 - $65.44
(Median)
$15
$33
$65
MEDIAN: $32.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$27,758 - $81,152  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
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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$29,129 - $102,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 227
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $65.44  
   
Overtime
$37.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,863  
   
Profit Sharing
$8,500  
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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$29,129 - $102,698  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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.

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Acupuncturists' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Licensed Acupuncturist. Median pay for Licensed Acupuncturists is $50K.

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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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $50K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $60K. Acupuncturists bring in $61K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $62K.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 33%
dental benefits
Dental: 21%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 66%
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