A Massage Therapist earns an average wage of $19.30 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are swedish and Neuromuscular Therapy.

$17,007 - $51,382
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$51K
MEDIAN: $30,204
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$11.88 - $53.68
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$17,007 - $51,382  
   
Bonus
$200.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$500  
Commission
$97.87 - $28,637  
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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$22,318 - $94,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 535
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $53.68  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.24 - $12.90  
Overtime
$10.19 - $50.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$200.00 - $5,000  
   
Commission
$97.87 - $28,637  
Profit Sharing
$500  
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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$22,318 - $94,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,573
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Job Description for Massage Therapist

Massage therapists are responsible for a variety of muscle and soft tissue manipulation for their clients for pain relief, stress relief, and other health benefits. Many massage therapists have their own client-bases and, depending on their levels of expertise, may run significant businesses.

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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.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,549

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Massage Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Massage Therapist?

Massage Therapist in Los Angeles:
"It is amazing helping others."
Pros: I like the fact that I am able to help my clients feel much better when they walk out the door.
Cons: What I don't like is that there are a few people that don't know how much wellness massage can bring to them.

Massage Therapist in Sayre:
Pros: I like my job because my main focus is relaxation and that's what I love to do. For you to relax into your body and feel good about yourself and make your pains melt away.
Cons: With 5min massages and being a semi-small business, it gets crowded where the massage seating is held and people dont like to wait for their massage when there's a line already to us therapists.

Massage Therapist in Houston:
"Good Place To Start."
Pros: It got me out of poverty, provided enough to buy my first house, taught me about self healing and self care.
Cons: Physically demanding, pay was not what I expected/was taught in school, 500 hr training program not really adequate and severely over priced ($6000 for 6 months of school), CE classes and insurance are expensive, risk of self injury, clients are demanding and difficult, spa associates and management frequently do not understand or agree with contraindications, stressful, only recommend if you're going to create your own business.

Massage Therapist in St. Paul:
"Life As A Massage Therapist."
Pros: The flexibility to come in only when I have a session(s). The environment is relaxing for both client and therapist. Scrubs not required; professional looking clothing is. Stress is low except when I don't get enough sessions to pay the bills. The owner is a chiropractor and offers to adjust me as a benefit since they can't afford to give me any other benefits currently. I have no other supervisor besides myself and the chiropractor. Filling out S.O.A.P. Notes on sessions is easy. I don't compete for hours because I am the only massage therapist employed there.
Cons: If I don't get enough sessions in a month I may not be able to pay my bills. People may not realize there is even a massage therapist working at that location since there is only a sign for the chiropractor on the side of the building and the door. Advertising is limited to online offers with the current financial budget. The massage room isn't very large. I make less per hour currently than other jobs would be able to offer.

Massage Therapist in Honolulu:
"Love What You Do And The People You Work With."
Pros: I love to help patients achieve normality through massage therapy. The co-workers/ colleagues that I interact with are positive and goal oriented people like me. I love the flexibility of my work schedule.
Cons: I dislike the pay rate and benefits available to me. I feel like the director of the company doesn't like me.

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Experience Affects Massage Therapist Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Massage Therapist Salaries

swedish
up arrow 42%

Neuromuscular Therapy
up arrow 29%

Prenatal
up arrow 9%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 9%

sports massage
up arrow 8%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 6%

Deep Tissue
up arrow 4%

Massage
up arrow 2%

Pain Management
up arrow 1%

Bodwork Therapy
0%

National Average
$41,000

Medical Massage
up arrow 2%


Swedish Massage
up arrow 6%

Rehabilitation
up arrow 12%

reflexology
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 21%
dental benefits
Dental: 15%
medical benefits
Vision: 11%
dental benefits
None: 77%
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