The average Licensed Massage Therapist in the United States earns approximately $18.55 per hour. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and location are driving factors as well. Most Licensed Massage Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (83 percent) of Licensed Massage Therapists who took the survey are female. Around one in six receive medical and dental insurance and approximately one-tenth get vision insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,170 - $53,130
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MEDIAN: $29,634
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$11.97 - $50.64
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MEDIAN: $18.55
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$16,170 - $53,130  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $5,000  
Commission
$1,200  
Total Pay (?
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$21,250 - $83,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $50.64  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.26 - $11.89  
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$75.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$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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$21,250 - $83,294  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 301

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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.

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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


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Licensed Massage Therapists often transition into Registered Nurse positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Registered Nurses earn $56K per year. Many Licensed Massage Therapists choose to become Massage Therapy Instructors and Licensed Practical Nurses as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $3K less, respectively.

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Self-Employed offers the largest salaries in town — $157K on average.

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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker earns $37K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $42K. Licensed Massage Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $63K.

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Key Stats for Licensed Massage Therapist

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.
041
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 54%

Experienced
up arrow 12%


National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Swedish Massage
up arrow 114%

Pain Management
up arrow 59%

Myofascial Release
up arrow 48%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 45%


Medical Massage
up arrow 13%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 9%


Massage
0%

National Average
$41,000

Trigger Point Therapy
up arrow 18%

sports massage
up arrow 38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 79%
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