Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Median pay for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $18.76 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.12 per hour and $46.51. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Licensed Massage Therapists are female. Nearly one in five report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about an eighth collect dental insurance. Most Licensed Massage Therapists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$14,094 - $46,454
(Median)
$14K
$32K
$46K
MEDIAN: $31,698
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$11.12 - $46.51
(Median)
$11
$19
$47
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

National Salary 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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$14,094 - $46,454  
   
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).
)
$21,879 - $87,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.12 - $46.51  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00 - $12.72  
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.
)
$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).
)
$21,879 - $87,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

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


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


Licensed Massage Therapists who move on to become Registered Nurses may enjoy significant pay raises, as Registered Nurses get paid an average of $55K per year. Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a common transition from a Licensed Massage Therapist role.

Massage Therapist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:


Licensed Massage Therapists report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Deep Tissue Massage, Myofascial Release, and Bodwork Therapy are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 62 percent, 54 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Massage Therapist

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Licensed Massage Therapists — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $41K. Licensed Massage Therapists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $47K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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.

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

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%

Myofascial Release
up arrow 54%

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
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 76%
ADVERTISEMENT