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Massage Therapists Salary Information

The salary statistics of massage therapists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of massage therapists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The massage therapists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Massage Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,720
25th Percentile Wage
$27,230
50th Percentile Wage
$39,860
75th Percentile Wage
$57,120
90th Percentile Wage
$74,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for massage therapists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) massage therapists is $74,870. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,860. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,720. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 279% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of massage therapists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201639,8604.57%9.76%
201538,0402.26%-
201437,1803.39%-
201335,920-0.14%-
201235,970--

Table 2. Massage Therapists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of massage therapists in 9 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for massage therapists occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $63,460. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $24,170).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,460
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,390
Federal, State, and Local Government
$44,530
Educational Services
$42,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,840
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,110
Retail Trade
$29,930
Accommodation and Food Services
$27,990
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,170

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Massage Therapists by States

From the above tables we note that not only massage therapists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of massage therapists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $18,430 to $81,700. The highest paying state for massage therapists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $81,700. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $18,430. For more salary information of massage therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$81,700
New York
$58,370
Oregon
$58,100
Vermont
$57,190
Washington
$56,590
Massachusetts
$49,510
Hawaii
$48,230
Delaware
$46,570
Colorado
$45,770
Connecticut
$44,340
Maryland
$44,170
Minnesota
$43,380
New Mexico
$43,180
North Carolina
$42,340
Montana
$41,910
New Hampshire
$41,600
Arizona
$40,740
Michigan
$40,680
Wyoming
$40,610
New Jersey
$40,020
Illinois
$39,990
California
$39,380
North Dakota
$39,310
Kentucky
$39,120
Arkansas
$38,940
Iowa
$38,470
Idaho
$38,450
Florida
$38,390
Maine
$37,980
Wisconsin
$37,640
Oklahoma
$37,560
Pennsylvania
$36,430
Rhode Island
$36,280
South Dakota
$35,830
Ohio
$35,140
South Carolina
$35,060
Texas
$34,840
Virginia
$34,030
Tennessee
$33,390
Missouri
$33,220
Utah
$32,850
Georgia
$32,490
West Virginia
$31,550
Indiana
$30,560
Louisiana
$30,350
Nebraska
$30,340
Alabama
$27,540
Mississippi
$25,480
District of Columbia
$23,390
Nevada
$21,010
Kansas
$19,710
Guam
$19,230
Puerto Rico
$18,430



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