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.

$17,133 - $53,411
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MEDIAN: $29,665
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$12.22 - $49.67
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MEDIAN: $18.43
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$17,133 - $53,411  
   
Bonus
$75.00 - $5,000  
Commission
$1,179  
Total Pay (?
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$21,492 - $82,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $49.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.14 - $11.56  
Overtime
$28.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$75.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$1,179  
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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$21,492 - $82,452  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 279

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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 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.

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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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Key Stats for Licensed Massage Therapist

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
▲80%

▲14%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Swedish Massage
▲116%

Pain Management
▲60%

Deep Tissue Massage
▲29%

Myofascial Release
▲28%


Medical Massage
▲14%

▲12%


National Average
$40,000

Massage
▼1%

Trigger Point Therapy
▼17%

sports massage
▼38%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
vision benefits
Vision: 10%
no benefits
None: 80%