Median pay for Licensed Massage Therapists in the United States is around $18.02 per hour. While career length and geography impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Slightly less than a fifth claim medical and dental insurance and about one in eight get vision coverage. The vast majority (84 percent) of Licensed Massage Therapists who took the survey are female. Work is enjoyable for Licensed Massage Therapists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$16,468 - $52,650
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$53K
MEDIAN: $30,071
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$11.96 - $45.62
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$46
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$16,468 - $52,650  
   
Bonus
$96.35 - $4,122  
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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$21,248 - $79,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $45.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $11.71  
Overtime
$28.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$96.35 - $4,122  
   
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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$21,248 - $79,335  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 290
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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 $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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Pay by Experience Level for Licensed Massage Therapist

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


Licensed Massage Therapists with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $37K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $42K. Licensed Massage Therapists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $44K. Licensed Massage Therapists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $56K.

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Experience Affects Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 41%

Experienced
up arrow 11%


National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Licensed Massage Therapist Salaries

Swedish Massage
up arrow 119%

Pain Management
up arrow 63%

Myofascial Release
up arrow 57%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 31%


Medical Massage
up arrow 16%


Deep Tissue
up arrow 9%

Massage
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Trigger Point Therapy
up arrow 16%

sports massage
up arrow 37%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 78%
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