Salary for Massage Therapists

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Also known as:  Deep Tissue Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Licensed Massage Therapist, Massage Therapist, Masseur, Masseuse, Massotherapist, Rolfer, Swedish Masseuse helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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 get an average wage on a scale from $22,580 to $79,150 based on seniority levels. usually receive a pay level of fourty-seven thousand three hundred and fifty dollars per year.

can get the highest pay in Alaska, where they get an average salary rate of close to about $78,790. People with this job title have the most lucrative average salary level in Public Administration, where they can earn pay of $56,960.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 29.12 percent nationwide in that time.


Massage Therapists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Health Care and Social Assistance
Educational Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Accommodation and Food Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Retail Trade
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Accommodation and Food Services
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
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