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Massage Therapist Salary

A Massage Therapist earns an average wage of $19.96 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Myofascial Release and Medical Massage.

$17,453 - $49,344
(Median)
$17K
$30K
$49K
MEDIAN: $29,899
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$11.70 - $58.29
(Median)
$12
$20
$58
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$17,453 - $49,344  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $7,122  
Commission
$49.43 - $27,491  
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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$21,796 - $105,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $58.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.18 - $12.27  
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.74  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
Commission
$49.43 - $27,491  
Profit Sharing
$245.66 - $7,122  
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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$21,796 - $105,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,275

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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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Massage Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Massage Therapist?

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

Late-Career
up arrow 76%



National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Massage Therapist Salaries

Myofascial Release
up arrow 58%

Medical Massage
up arrow 33%

Bodwork Therapy
up arrow 2%

reflexology
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Deep Tissue
up arrow 1%

Massage
up arrow 1%

Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 3%

Neuromuscular Therapy
up arrow 3%

Swedish Massage
up arrow 7%

sports massage
up arrow 11%

Prenatal
up arrow 11%

Trigger Point
up arrow 17%

Physical Therapy
up arrow 18%

Customer Service
up arrow 21%

Hot Stone
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 265 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 78%
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