How Much Money Do Massage Therapists Make?

Massage therapy is steadily gaining popularity both as a means of relaxation and as an alternative solution to a variety of physical and mental health problems. Steady employment in health spas and fitness clubs, as well as hospitals, nursing care facilities and even office buildings, is becoming more readily available. Because massage therapists are becoming such a fixture in the rapidly expanding field of health care, the number of jobs for therapists is expected to rise at a faster than average rate of 20% through at least 2020.

Although earnings for massage therapists vary depending on the workplace, the types of massage offered and the location, the average annual salary for massage therapists is $34,900, with the top 10% or earners making an average of $69,000.

 

Average Massage Therapist Salaries by Location:

Location Salary
Offices of Physicians $50,520
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $43,410
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $43,170
Personal Care Services $37,980
Traveler Accommodation $36,430

 

Figures courtesy of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Employment & Wages database.