Massage Therapy Income

There are many factors to consider when calculating the average salary for a professional massage therapist.  Some practitioners work full time, while many work part time. What’s more, total earnings of a massage therapist are often a combination of wages and tips.[1] Education, experience, specialty and work environment may also play a role in total earnings.

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “the median annual wage for massage therapists was $34,900 in May 2010.” The report goes on to show that the highest 10% made more than $69,000 per year, whereas the bottom 10% made less than $17,970. [2] Moreover, at the 75th percentile, the wage is approximately $51,410 and at the 25th percentile, it comes in at $24,220.[3]

In short, the industry of massage therapy is full of opportunity, particularly as only 1 in 4 massage therapists work full time.  Whether you are interested in the field of massage therapy as a new career or as a way to supplement your current income, there is plenty of potential as a professional massage therapist.



[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Last accessed April 3, 2012. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Massage-therapists.htm#tab-5

[2] Bureau of Labor Statistics website. Last accessed April 3, 2012. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Healthcare/Massage-therapists.htm#tab-5

[3] US News website. Last accessed April 3, 2012. http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/02/27/best-jobs-2012-massage-therapist