Massage Therapy Salary, Earnings and Wages
The salary or earnings of a massage therapist vary widely depending on experience, market factors and the type of venue they choose to work in. Massage therapists who own their own facilities may over time realize a decent income.
Independent contractors who work in a clinical setting may commonly split fees on a percentage basis to cover such provided services as working spaces, receptionist, office supplies and massage therapy equipment.
U.S. Department of Labor Job Statistics
The U.S. Department of Labor set the median hourly wage of a massage therapist, factoring in gratuities, at $16.78. The middle percent earned between $11.36 and $25.14.*
Massage therapy can place emotional and physical demands on practitioners. As such, some therapists may work less than 35 hours a week on occasion. There are a general percentage of those who work part-time. Everyone is different, and each person’s work capacity may differ.
There is no classic career ladder for massage therapy practitioners, in that advancements may not necessarily be the result of being promoted. However additional coursework can often increase one’s ability to earn more.
For the self-employed, building a private practice may have its long-term benefits. Clients, and ultimately income, can possibly grow if the number of clients seen on a daily basis increases. If you’ve got the patience and business skills, along with a solid educational plan, it’s possible for your dreams of building a successful business to become a reality.
Having good business and entrepreneurial skills can be a major factor in realizing success, whether working for yourself or someone else.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment & Wages, May 2012 Edition, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319011.htm (visited May 17, 2013).