How Much Do Massage Therapists Make? (2023)

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How Much Money Do Massage Therapists Make?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that massage therapists make a median salary of $46,910 each year or $22.55 per hour. The bottom 10 percent of massage therapists earn less than $24,450 per year, while the top 10 percent of massage therapists earn more than $77,600 annually.

Do Massage Therapists Get Paid Well?

Massage therapists earn slightly more than the national average ($45,760). They also earn more than other health care support occupations.The median salary for health care support occupations is $29,880. Massage Therapists typically have a postsecondary nondegree award. When compared to professions that require a similar level of education, massage therapists earn more. Other professions that require a postsecondary nondegree award have a median salary of $44,420 per year.

How Much Do Massage Therapists Get Starting Out?

The BLS does not provide average compensation data for entry-level positions for massage therapists just starting out, but the bottom 25 percent of massage therapists earn $34,770 each year.

How Many Massage Therapists Are There in the United States?

There are 149,900 massage therapists in the U.S.

How Much Do Physical Therapists Earn In Each State?

The table below compares massage therapist  salaries across states and U.S. territories (Source: BLS Occupational Employment and Wages May 2020). You can also find data for the number of massage therapists in each state as well as the number of massage therapists per 1,000 jobs—a figure that can help you determine the job's popularity in a given location. Not all locations have employment statistics. 

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