Massage Therapist Salary

massage thearapist salaryBasic Massage Therapist Salary Information:

The Massage Therapist salary is at around $34,900 a year, at $16.78 per hour.The job of a Massage Therapists is the manipulation of the muscles and soft tissues, to produce relaxation, improved health and other benefits. Contrary to the popular belief, just having a killer back rub doesn’t make you a Massage Therapists. You need proper skill and a certified license to actually practice. The growth of this profession is moderately higher than most, as it is at 20% rather than the average 9 percent, which is of most American Jobs. How much does a massage therapist make in different states in America can be seen below:


Average Annual Salary

New York























Average Annual Salary

Less than 1 year


1 to 4 years


5 to 9 years


10 to 19 years


The above two tables show the top paying states for this job, and the increase in salary as your get more experienced. As you can see New York pays the most in comparison to Hawaii. Also, the increase in income through experience is quite good. Also, depending on the number of hours you work, you can get more money if you go private and get your own clients.

Other Factors and Influences that determine massage therapist salary:

There are lots of other factors that affect the Massage Therapist salary. One of them is field of expertise. There is a lot of variation on the amount of salary different therapists gets. These are shown in the table below:

Field of expertise

Average Salary

Acupressure Massage Therapist


Deep Tissue Massage Therapists


Reflexology Massage Therapist


Sports Massage Therapists


Neuromuscular Massage Therapist


Swedish Massage Therapist


The salary also varies on the type of industry you might apply in. These are also as follows:

Industry Average Salary
Offices of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists $45,980
Offices of Chiropractors $44,650
Offices of Physicians $43,480

These are the factors that mainly affect the remuneration of a Massage Therapist.

The average salary of Massage Therapist  is often compared to the salary of a Optometrist. Massage Therapy is not an easy job and it requires finesse and extreme skill. But on the bright side you get to work in a smooth, silent and peaceful environment with music on the back. The salary is quite good and is a great job.