A Massage Therapist earns an average wage of $19.93 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 Oral / Verbal Communication, Myofascial Release, Medical Massage, sports massage, and Add New: Deep Tissue.
Massage Therapist Total Pay (?
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.
)
$17,348 - $50,312
(Median)
17K
22K
30K
40K
50K
MEDIAN: $29,900
10%
25%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site
Massage Therapist Total Pay (?
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.
)
$10.27 - $58.65
(Median)
10
20
34
59
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
75%
90%
Add this chart to your site

National Salary 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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$17,348 - $50,312  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $6,878  
Commission
$-0.50 - $26,179  
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).
)
$21,014 - $107,328  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,092
National Hourly Rate 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.
)
$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.27 - $58.65  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.30 - $12.47  
Overtime
$0.00 - $43.28  
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.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,005  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $26,179  
Profit Sharing
$101.74 - $6,878  
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).
)
$21,014 - $107,328  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,092
Is Massage Therapist your job title? Get a personalized salary report!
Location:
United States (change)
Years in Field/Career:

Massage Therapist Job Listings

Search for more jobs:
job title / company
location
Popular Employer Salaries for Massage Therapist
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.
Read More...
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.
Pay by Experience Level for Massage Therapist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Pay Difference By Location
Seattle
up arrow 67%
New York
up arrow 47%
Los Angeles
up arrow 33%
Atlanta
up arrow 27%
Dallas
up arrow 19%
Austin
up arrow 14%
Chicago
up arrow 3%
Las Vegas
up arrow 3%
Miami
up arrow 1%
National Average
$41,000
Denver
up arrow 9%
Houston
up arrow 19%
Orlando
up arrow 23%
Jacksonville
up arrow 24%
Minneapolis
up arrow 24%
Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.

Massage Therapist Reviews

What is it like working as a Massage Therapist?
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.
Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Massage Therapist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 75%
Experienced
up arrow 22%
National Average
$41,000

Skills That Affect Massage Therapist Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 70%
Myofascial Release
up arrow 63%
Medical Massage
up arrow 33%
sports massage
up arrow 33%
Add New: Deep Tissue
up arrow 22%
Deep Tissue
0%
National Average
$41,000
Swedish Massage
up arrow 1%
Deep Tissue Massage
up arrow 5%
Neuromuscular Therapy
up arrow 5%
Massage
up arrow 14%
Customer Service
up arrow 39%
Job Satisfaction
Extremely satisfied Image
Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 203 votes.
Gender
Female
81%
female alumni
 
Male
19%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 22% dental benefits Dental: 14%
vision benefits Vision: 12% employee benefits None: 77%
Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid
Job Title:
Years in Field/Career:
Location:
United States (change)
- OR -