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Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Earnings for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States come in at around $18.45 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $10.72 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $46.89. Female Licensed Massage Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fifth, and one in ten earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$13,701 - $46,118
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $31,191
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$10.72 - $46.89
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$13,701 - $46,118  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
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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$20,967 - $86,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 58
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $46.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.07 - $12.68  
Overtime
$0.00 - $97.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $979  
   
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).
)
$20,967 - $86,742  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 207
United States (change)

Job Description for Licensed Massage Therapist

Licensed massage therapists performs body work on the muscles and soft tissues of a client with the goal of relieving stress, fatigue and pain in the client's body. Many massage therapists work in spas, massage centers or in a private practice. Those who work with repeat clients go over the client's medical history and propose a plan of treatment based on this initial conference. Through their work together, they educate their clients on stretching, rehabilitative exercises and other helpful body work techniques. They also maintain a detailed treatment and progress report of the client.

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Licensed Massage Therapist Tasks

  • Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body to treat medical conditions, injuries or wellness maintenance.
  • Develop and propose client treatment plan.
  • Instruct clients about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
  • Confer with clients about problems with stress, pain and their medical history to determine whether massage would be helpful.
  • Record prognosis, treatment, response and progress records.

Common Career Paths for Licensed Massage Therapist


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Though some Licensed Massage Therapists move into positions like Registered Nurse (where the average salary is $55K), this progression is not the norm. It is more probable, however, that Licensed Massage Therapists become Massage Therapy Instructors or Licensed Practical Nurses.

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Licensed Massage Therapists only report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Deep Tissue, Deep Tissue Massage, and Bodwork Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 26 percent, 25 percent, and 23 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service.

Licensed Massage Therapist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Licensed Massage Therapist in Honolulu:
"Advocation Job/Part-time."
Know Ethics, Morals and Health care issues for Holistic practice. Excel by knowing many techniques; ie: Reiki, Shiatsu, Aroma Therapy, Muscle Testing, Acupressure to improve physical and mental pain and tension. I highly suggest to new Licensed Massage Therapist to consider this career as an ADVOCATION. The pay is very low (unfortunately). Although this career does have a benefit of being able to travel anywhere in the world. First class hotels, spas and resorts as well as private clubs and private health spas (any where you want to go) are always in need of a superior massage therapist. Long hours sometimes, waiting for appointments, cancellations are possible. At those times (if self-employed) in your receipt/disclaimer for health and legal reasons, consider the clause; non-refundable deposit. This will help off-set loss of income and non productive hours. Personally, I only worked from referrals or personal contact. No classified ads. Your INTUITIVE will always be right.

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Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Deep Tissue
up arrow 26%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 25%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 23%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 18% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 9% employee benefits None: 79%