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Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Earnings for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States come in at around $18.51 per hour on average. Earnings sit near $11.07 per hour on the lower side but can approach $50.00 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority of Licensed Massage Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Just under one-fifth enjoy medical while nearly one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to approximately one-tenth. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$13,791 - $46,396
(Median)
$14K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,952
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$11.07 - $50.00
(Median)
$11
$19
$50
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$13,791 - $46,396  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,204  
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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$21,427 - $95,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.07 - $50.00  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.47 - $13.62  
Overtime
$0.00 - $121.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,204  
   
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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$21,427 - $95,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 259

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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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Licensed Massage Therapists might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Registered Nurse, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $55K per year. Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a common transition from a Licensed Massage Therapist role.

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Licensed Massage Therapists report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Deep Tissue Massage, Bodwork Therapy, and Deep Tissue are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 63 percent, 22 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Massage Therapist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Massage Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $38K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $46K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Licensed Massage Therapist Advice

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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

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 63%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 22%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 15%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 11% employee benefits None: 77%
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