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Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States take home approximately $18.70 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $11.31 per hour and $49.39. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly less than one-fifth enjoy medical while approximately one-eighth get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to a tenth. Licensed Massage Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. Most Licensed Massage Therapists report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$13,575 - $45,419
(Median)
$14K
$31K
$45K
MEDIAN: $31,169
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$11.31 - $49.39
(Median)
$11
$19
$49
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$13,575 - $45,419  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
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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$21,185 - $94,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 66
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $49.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.15 - $14.54  
Overtime
$0.00 - $121.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,200  
   
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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$21,185 - $94,196  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 248

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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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Advancing into a Registered Nurse role seems to be a popular career move for Licensed Massage Therapists, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger 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 Bodwork Therapy, Deep Tissue Massage, and Deep Tissue are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 20 percent, and 19 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Massage Therapist

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


For many Licensed Massage Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Licensed Massage Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $43K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $45K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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 12%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 21%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 20%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 19%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
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: 10% employee benefits None: 78%