Massage therapist earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Massage therapist salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Alaska $93,410
Alabama $34,690
Arkansas $39,671
Arizona $38,199
California $33,892
Colorado $45,759
Connecticut $38,330
District of Columbia $32,770
Delaware $46,570
Florida $38,030
Georgia $37,990
Guam $20,620
Hawaii $62,401
Iowa $37,023
Idaho $45,782
Illinois $46,340
Indiana $45,662
Kansas $31,968
Kentucky $49,459
Louisiana $19,430
Massachusetts $49,220
Maryland $37,460
Maine $39,440
Michigan $40,260
Minnesota $48,700
Missouri $36,570
Mississippi $32,010
Montana $44,970
North Carolina $39,590
North Dakota $37,960
Nebraska $39,770
New Hampshire $41,550
New Jersey $42,500
New Mexico $39,580
Nevada $21,190
New York $48,340
Ohio $36,670
Oklahoma $39,870
Oregon $62,780
Pennsylvania $39,386
Puerto Rico $20,250
Rhode Island $37,350
South Carolina $40,980
South Dakota $30,810
Tennessee $44,280
Texas $42,740
Utah $40,880
Virginia $39,350
Vermont $36,560
Washington $63,710
Wisconsin $42,400
West Virginia $32,620
Wyoming $38,920

How much does a Massage Therapist earn?

The demand for skilled massage therapists has grown as more health care practitioners view massage as an important part of overall patient wellness. According to the BLS, employment for massage therapists is predicted to grow by 22 percent through the year 2024.

An individual's earning potential as a massage therapist will depend on their workplace and their ability to build a large client base. Building a client base comes with practice and experience. Also, specializing in a certain type of massage can give one an edge over other massage therapists and bring in a higher salary.

There are many workplaces one can consider working for when first starting out, such as hotels, airports, corporate environments, personal care services, and offices of other health practitioners. Many companies will hire massage therapists to visit their offices regularly in order to provide chair massages to stressed-out employees. However, the number one career path for a massage therapist is to be self-employed as an independent contractor and work out of a private or shared office. Salaries can increase to well over $100,000/yr for those who own and operate a successful massage therapy clinic.

Location is particularly important, as the larger the city one lives and works in, the higher the salaries and wages are likely to be. It's also good to keep overhead expenses in mind. If one is self-employed, factor these expenses in: space rental, massage supplies, advertising/marketing materials, association dues and fees, liability insurance, and laundry.

How do massage therapist salaries compare to similar careers?

Massage therapists earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than recreational therapists but more than music therapists.

Career Median Salary
Recreational therapist salary $50K
Massage therapist salary $46K
Art therapist salary $48K
Music therapist salary $48K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)