Massage Therapists

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Massage Therapists

Average annual wages -

$15,000 - $71,000

Median hourly wage:

$7.16/hour - $32.21/hour

Annual mean wage estimate

: $35,570 - $41,630


Work week

: 15 - 40  hours per week


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Where massage therapists work:

  • Private practice
  • Gyms
  • Health clubs
  • Massage centers
  • Resorts
  • Clinics
  • Geriatric homes
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals

Major job duties:

  • Physically rehabilitate patients/customers.
  • Relieve  or prevent physical dysfunction and pain.
  • Relax tight and tense muscles.
  • Improve circulation, recovery time and immune system function
  • Reduce overall stress.

Working Conditions


  • Clean and calm surroundings.
  • Works with clients/patients on a one-to-one basis.
  •  Flexible hours.

Education and Training

  • Often requires a massage therapy education program accredited by state boards or the Department of Education.
  • Required to take national certification exam for therapeutic massage and bodywork.
  • Exam covers six major areas: (1) general knowledge of bodily systems; (2) detailed knowledge of anatomy; (3) physiology and kinesiology; (4) pathology; (5) therapeutic massage assessment; (6) therapeutic massage application and professional standards, ethics , business and legal practices.
  • Massage Therapy Licenses must be renewed every 4 years.
  • Therapists must perform at least 200 hours of therapeutic massage during this 4 year period and should also have completed 48 credit hours of continuing education completed.

Job Outlook


  • Employment is expected to increase through 2014
  • Therapists that have formal training and have take the national certification exam are more likely to have very good job opportunities.
  •  Referrals and networking are very important and will increase job opportunities.

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Sources - How to obtain your Massage Therapy License.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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