Licensed Massage Therapist Salary

Pay for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States sits in the ballpark of $18.37 per hour. Compensation ranges from $11.63 per hour on the lower end to $46.43 on the higher end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by geography and the individual firm. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Massage Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly one in six, and nearly one in eight earn dental coverage. Licensed Massage Therapists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 84 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$14,865 - $47,493
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$47K
MEDIAN: $30,166
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$11.63 - $46.43
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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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Many Licensed Massage Therapists move into a Registered Nurse role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $55K per year. It is not unusual for a Licensed Massage Therapist to become a Massage Therapy Instructor or a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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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 inexperienced workers average out to $41K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $37K. Licensed Massage Therapists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Licensed Massage Therapists with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $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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