Licensed Massage Therapist Salary
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.
|Salary||$16,170 - $53,130|
|Bonus||$75.00 - $5,000|
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|$21,250 - $83,294|
|Hourly Rate||$11.97 - $50.64|
|Hourly Tips||$1.26 - $11.89|
|Bonus||$75.00 - $5,000|
|Total Pay (||$21,250 - $83,294|
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 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.
Popular Employer Salaries for Licensed Massage Therapist
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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