The average Acupuncturist in the United States earns approximately $50K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Acupuncturists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Just over two-fifths enjoy medical while slightly less than one-fifth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to an eighth. Most Acupuncturists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,696 - $93,321
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$30K
$50K
$93K
MEDIAN: $49,650
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$15.40 - $82.22
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$15
$35
$82
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$29,696 - $93,321  
   
Bonus
$5,500  
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
Total Pay (?
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$30,474 - $105,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 146
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$15.40 - $82.22  
   
Overtime
$50.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$5,500  
   
Profit Sharing
$12,500  
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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$30,474 - $105,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 67
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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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Many Acupuncturists move into a Licensed Acupuncturist role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Licensed Acupuncturists on average bring in a similar salary to Acupuncturists.

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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 a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $51K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $60K. Acupuncturists bring in $71K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $78K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Acupuncturist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 45%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 13%
dental benefits
None: 54%
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