Salary for Massage Therapists

Also known as:  Deep Tissue Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist, Masseur, Masseuse, Massotherapist, Rolfer, Swedish Masseuse

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Massage therapists use a combination of medical history, patient complaints, and physical assessment to determine problems with the soft tissues and joints that result in pain or limited function. These professionals determine the types of massage techniques, duration of therapy, and supplementary techniques such as heat therapy, whirlpool use, or icing to provide the best possible outcome for their patients. If necessary, they may refer patients to other types of therapists. They perform massage, apply oils and blends to clients' skin, and apply finger or hand pressure to specific points in order to achieve therapeutic results. Some college training is required.

A Massage Therapist can earn salaries that can range from 24000 - 36000 depending on the level of education. Massage Therapists can get salaries of Thirty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred dollars on an annual basis.

Massage Therapists are paid at the highest average level in Alaska, where they get average pay scales of approximating $85050. Professionals that work in these jobs are paid the highest in Health Care and Social Assistance, which has pay of $44550.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 8.48 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Massage Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries
Retail Trade $44,550
Health Care and Social Assistance $43,650
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $42,350
Educational Services $41,100
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $38,080
Public Administration $37,780
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $34,970
Other Services (except Public Administration) $37,630
Public Administration $37,780
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $38,080
Educational Services $41,100
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $42,350
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