Massage Therapist Salary

The average Massage Therapist Salary is calculated by the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics from a variety of sources. Massage Therapist's work in a number of settings including hospitals, clinics and in private practice.

Massage Therapist earnings vary depending on the location and the setting. The assumption was made that the Massage Therapist's reflected here were working an average of 40 hours per week with a total of 2080 hours per year.


The average hourly salary is $17.29 per hour. The lowest 10% earn $8.80 per hour and those in the upper 10% earn more than $33.71 per hour.


On an annual basis the median salary is $35,970. The lowest 10% earn a salary of $18,420 per year while the upper 10% earn more than $70,140 per year. These salaries are calculated as a mean or average.

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Lowest and Highest Massage Therapist Salary

The lowest paid Massage Therapist's earn less with mean or average wages below $9.00 per hour. Presumably this is offset by costs of living and other factors. The lower pay levels are associated with rural areas and schools. The highest pay levels are found in major population areas where the mean or average wage is over $30.00 per hour. Demand and low supply seem to be a significant factor in fueling higher salaries.

Top 5 States

The top paying states to earn a Massage Therapist Salary are Alaska $84,120, Vermont $58,050, Rhode Island $54,680, Washington $53,760, Delaware $51,540.

Top 5 Metropolitan Areas

The best city or metropolitan areas to earn a Massage Therapist Salary are Anchorage, AK $83,130, Danbury, CT $67,980, Holland-Grand Haven, MI $65,920, Corvallis, OR $63,480, and Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA $62,710.

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Other Industries that Employ Massage Therapists

Junior Colleges, Nursing care facilities and other outpatient or ambulatory clinics also employ massage therapists.

Employment Data

According to the US Department of Labor there are approximately 55,920 Massage Therapists who earn a salary in the United States.

Where They Work

Of all the Massage Therapists employed in the United States over 24,000 works in personal care services. Approximately 14,000 work in offices of healthcare providers such as chiropractors, physicians and other health care. 7090 work in hotels, airports and other travel related settings. 4560 work in fitness centers, recreational sports centers, ski resorts and other recreational settings.

Private Practice vs. Employment

Given the nature of the work these professionals perform they are ideally suited for private practice. A large number of massage therapists earn a salary through private practice. As such, knowing how to run a business is a good skill to have for this profession.


Fringe benefits will vary depending on business size and other factors.  A typical benefits package can be worth $20,000 per year or more.  Massage therapists are often self employed and may establish self funded retirement accounts, healthcare accounts, and other benefits typical of a small business. 

International Salary

United Kingdom (UK)[1]

In the UK, many massage therapists are self-employed and charge a sessional or hourly rate, which can be between £20 and £60 an hour. With experience and skills in a range of therapies, earnings can rise to around £40,000 a year.

You may also receive tips from clients and commission for the sale of beauty products.


In Canada, Registered massage therapists make between $19.43 and $58.72 per hour. Massage therapists who are self-employed and have a growing client base can increase client fees to increase their own income .Salaries in the field will vary depending on the position and number of years of experience. The average starting salary is around $43,000, with the potential to earn much more. Wages for independent massage therapists or on-site massage therapists will depend on the number of clients and the baseline fee for services.

Australia [3]

Massage Therapists use massage and other body treatments for health, fitness, and therapeutic purposes. They utilize a variety of techniques to deliver maximum benefits for clients.

  • Starting salary: $36,000 P/A
  • Senior salary: $65,500 P/A
  • Average salary: $47,000 P/AWages will vary according to your level of skill, experience and employer
  • Employment level:14,100 as of November 2012 (Projected employment levels in 2017 of 17,000)
  • Average weekly hours: Average weekly hours worked for a full time Massage Therapist is 38.1 hours
  • Employment by region: The top three regions for employment as a Massage Therapist include:NSW: 33.3%VIC: 26.9%QLD: 21.1%

Employment for Massage Therapists has grown by a rate of 31.6% over the past 5 years and is expected to grow very strongly through 2017. 

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