Massage Therapist Salary (United States)

A Massage Therapist earns an average wage of $19.86 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, Medical Massage, and Add New: Deep Tissue.
Massage Therapist Salary (?
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$17,866 - $50,028
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MEDIAN: $30,436
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Massage Therapist Salary (?
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$10.72 - $58.58
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National Salary Data

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Salary
$17,866 - $50,028  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $7,000  
Commission
$50.57 - $16,500  
Total Pay (?
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$21,200 - $105,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 288
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.72 - $58.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.16 - $12.19  
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.02  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,004  
   
Commission
$50.57 - $16,500  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $7,000  
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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$21,200 - $105,134  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 962
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Job Description for Massage Therapist

The job of a massage therapist requires the ability to sooth and relax the clients as well as relive any physical aches and pains. The therapist must be able to confer with clients and gain an understanding of the their stresses, pains, and medical history. They must be capable of developing and carrying out a treatment plan that is unique and specifically tailored to each client’s needs. A massage therapist must be able to massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of various locations on the human body in order to relieve tension and pain as well as provide relief for injuries and medical conditions. Additionally, the therapist must feel comfortable and knowledgeable enough in their craft to be able to instruct their clients about techniques for proper postural improvement and stretching as well as strengthening, relaxation, and rehabilitation of various muscles and tendons.
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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

Seattle
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New York
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San Diego
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Los Angeles
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Dallas
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Charlotte
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Las Vegas
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Chicago
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Miami
0%
National Average
$41,000
Houston
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Denver
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Atlanta
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Orlando
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Minneapolis
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Jacksonville
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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 90%
Experienced
up arrow 25%
National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Massage Therapist Salaries

Myofascial Release
up arrow 61%
Medical Massage
up arrow 27%
Add New: Deep Tissue
up arrow 22%
National Average
$41,000
Deep Tissue
up arrow 1%
Neuromuscular Therapy
up arrow 3%
Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 5%
Swedish Massage
up arrow 6%
sports massage
up arrow 19%
swedish
up arrow 19%
Trigger Point
up arrow 21%
Hot Stone
up arrow 24%
Physical Therapy
up arrow 38%
Customer Service
up arrow 43%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 21% dental benefits Dental: 13%
vision benefits Vision: 10% employee benefits None: 78%