Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States take home approximately $18.37 per hour on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.63 per hour to $46.43. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to one in six, and one in eight earn dental coverage. The majority of Licensed Massage Therapists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Licensed Massage Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$14,865 - $47,493
(Median)
$15K
$30K
$47K
MEDIAN: $30,166
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$11.63 - $46.43
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$12
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$46
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$14,865 - $47,493  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
Commission
$750  
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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$21,162 - $84,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $46.43  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.04 - $11.58  
Overtime
$0.00 - $121.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,027  
   
Commission
$750  
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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$21,162 - $84,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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

  • 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. A Licensed Massage Therapist often moves on to become a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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Licensed Massage Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, and Deep Tissue are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 79 percent, 54 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Bodwork Therapy and 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, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $41K. Licensed Massage Therapists bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. After two decades in the workforce, the average Licensed Massage Therapist generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $49K.

Licensed Massage Therapist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Licensed Massage Therapist in Petaluma:
"Student loan."
I am not making enough to cover my cost of living and my student loan payments. I also can not work anymore hours because giving great requires giving of yourself and you can only give so much without depleting yourself.

Licensed Massage Therapist in Chandler:
"My Life as a Massage Therapist."
It has been up and down for 6 years. I must say I have never landed in such a good position as this. It has been worth every push! Make sure to take care of your body! Your wrists will become weak if you don't take proper care. Make sure you pay mind to your body mechanics and keep your wrists straight, and your core tight. Good luck therapists!

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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 79%

Myofascial Release
up arrow 54%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 5%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 66 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
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 12%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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