An average Licensed Acupuncturist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. Just over two-fifths report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in eight collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Licensed Acupuncturists making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,200 - $92,738
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$31K
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$93K
MEDIAN: $50,420
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$19.00 - $91.48
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$19
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$91
MEDIAN: $35.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$31,200 - $92,738  
   
Bonus
$45,000  
Total Pay (?
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$33,326 - $182,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.00 - $91.48  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.25  
Overtime
$40.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$45,000  
   
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$33,326 - $182,476  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 24
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Job Description for Licensed Acupuncturist

A licensed acupuncturist is required to pass the national certification exam in acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists have accumulated an average of 2,700 hours of master's-level training, hundreds of hours of clinical experience, and at least 250 actual patient treatments before actual licensure. Training can be comprised of home study and videotaped lectures. An acupuncturist will need to complete a course in clean-needle technique that teaches the prevention of the spread of disease. Coursework also includes anatomy, biophysics, and nutrition, as well as courses specific to Oriental medicine, including herbalism and needle technique. All must pass a written exam.

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Licensed 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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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Acupuncturist

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $62K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $62K. Licensed Acupuncturists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $70K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Acupuncturist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 51%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$62,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 1%

Mid-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 13%
medical benefits
Vision: 4%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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