Acupuncturist Salary

Earnings for Acupuncturists in the United States come in at around $49K annually on average. Earnings sit near $29K on the lower side but can approach $105K per year on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Acupuncturists report high levels of job satisfaction. Just under a third enjoy medical while approximately one in five get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to one in eight. The majority of Acupuncturists (62 percent) who took the survey are female. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$28,849 - $81,922
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$82K
MEDIAN: $48,743
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$17.00 - $67.64
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$17
$36
$68
MEDIAN: $36.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$28,849 - $81,922  
   
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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$29,498 - $104,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.00 - $67.64  
   
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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$29,498 - $104,936  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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 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.


Acupuncturists with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $61K. For Acupuncturists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $64K. Acupuncturists who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $70K.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

National Average
$52,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 29% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 69%
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