Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Median pay for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States is around $18.65 per hour. Pay generally varies between $11.31 per hour and $46.03. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Female Licensed Massage Therapists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Nearly one in five enjoy medical while about one in seven get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one in eight. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$14,146 - $46,333

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$11.31 - $46.03

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$14,146 - $46,333  
   
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).
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$21,573 - $86,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 82
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.31 - $46.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.97 - $12.58  
Overtime
$0.00 - $122.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$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).
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$21,573 - $86,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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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. Becoming a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse is a common transition from a Licensed Massage Therapist role.

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Licensed Massage Therapists generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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 63 percent, 55 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.


For many Licensed Massage Therapists, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. On average, Licensed Massage Therapists make $45K following one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $46K on average.

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.

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Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 63%

Myofascial Release
up arrow 55%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 21%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 5%

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: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 76%
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