Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Average Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States make around $18.72 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.25 per hour and $47.07. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Licensed Massage Therapists is high. Women make up the vast majority of Licensed Massage Therapists (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Close to a fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about a seventh collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$14,067 - $46,518
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$47K
MEDIAN: $31,398
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$11.25 - $47.07
(Median)
$11
$19
$47
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$14,067 - $46,518  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,700  
Commission
$150.00 - $9,600  
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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$22,027 - $88,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.25 - $47.07  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.99 - $12.84  
Overtime
$0.00 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,700  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $9,600  
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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$22,027 - $88,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 276
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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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Many Licensed Massage Therapists move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year. Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse is often the next step for a Licensed Massage Therapist.

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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 62 percent, 21 percent, and 14 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.


For Licensed Massage Therapists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Licensed Massage Therapists see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $47K.

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

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 62%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 21%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 14%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 76%
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