Licensed Massage Therapist Salary
Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States can expect wages of $18.43 per hour on average. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geographic location. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to close to a sixth, and close to a tenth earn vision coverage. Most Licensed Massage Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority of Licensed Massage Therapists (83 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Salary||$17,133 - $53,411|
|Bonus||$75.00 - $5,000|
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|$21,492 - $82,452|
|Hourly Rate||$12.22 - $49.67|
|Hourly Tips||$1.14 - $11.56|
|Bonus||$75.00 - $5,000|
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Job Description for Licensed Massage Therapist
Licensed massage therapists provide treatment to clients by manipulating soft-tissue muscles. They do this to help relieve clients' bodily pain, reduce stress, improve blood circulation, rehabilitate injuries and increase relaxation. Licensed massage therapists must be able to manipulate muscles properly in accordance with standards for the type(s) of massage therapy they practice. They must learn their client’s medical history and other physical condition prior to performing therapy so that they know areas to focus on or avoid.Read More...
Employers generally require that their licensed massage therapists are skilled in one or more types of massages such as Swedish massage therapy, trigger point therapy, sports massage therapy, hot stone, reflexology and/or deep tissue massage therapy. Most of the time, licensed massage therapists work for wellness centers, physical therapists, or massage, salon and spa businesses. They may also be self-employed.
Licensed massaged therapists typically have a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as postsecondary education in massage therapy. Requirements for massage therapists vary by state; generally, successful completion of a massage therapy program is needed for licensure. Licensed massage therapists must have excellent interpersonal and customer service skills, as well as be able to explain massage techniques effectively to clients and respond effectively to customer concerns. Licensed massage therapists must keep their skills up to date, such as by attending additional training and workshops and by reading relevant journals.
Licensed Massage Therapist Tasks
- 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.
- Instruct clients about techniques for postural improvement and stretching, strengthening, relaxation and rehabilitative exercises.
- 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.
Common Career Paths for Licensed Massage Therapist
Licensed Massage Therapists who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $56K per year. Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a common transition from a Licensed Massage Therapist role.
Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Massage Therapist
The biggest paychecks can be found at Self-Employed — the median salary there is $157K.
Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Massage Therapist
Pay by Experience for a Licensed Massage Therapist has a positive trend. An entry-level Licensed Massage Therapist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 205 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Licensed Massage Therapist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 122 salaries. An experienced Licensed Massage Therapist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 85 salaries. A Licensed Massage Therapist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $73,000 based on 16 salaries.
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