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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Massage Therapists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20,300
25th Percentile Wage
$27,640
50th Percentile Wage
$39,990
75th Percentile Wage
$57,280
90th Percentile Wage
$77,470

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 $77,470. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $39,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,300. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 281% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of massage therapists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$39,990
0.33% 10.05%
2016
$39,860
4.57% -
2015
$38,040
2.26% -
2014
$37,180
3.39% -
2013
$35,920
-0.14% -
2012
$35,970
- -

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 $61,730. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $24,410).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,730
Federal, State, and Local Government
$48,330
Health Care and Social Assistance
$45,170
Educational Services
$44,090
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$38,190
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$36,780
Retail Trade
$30,720
Accommodation and Food Services
$27,900
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$24,410

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 $19,340 to $83,130. The highest paying state for massage therapists is Alaska with a median annual salary of $83,130. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,340. For more salary information of massage therapists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$83,130
Washington
$61,720
Oregon
$59,250
New York
$58,320
Hawaii
$49,710
Kentucky
$48,760
Vermont
$48,450
Massachusetts
$44,940
New Mexico
$42,880
Rhode Island
$42,770
Colorado
$42,620
Minnesota
$42,460
Illinois
$41,660
Idaho
$41,120
Tennessee
$41,080
Pennsylvania
$40,910
Arizona
$40,760
North Carolina
$40,050
New Jersey
$39,770
New Hampshire
$39,670
Maryland
$39,500
Texas
$38,880
Arkansas
$38,490
Indiana
$38,460
South Carolina
$38,290
Florida
$38,020
Michigan
$37,990
North Dakota
$37,970
Georgia
$37,710
Wisconsin
$37,490
Iowa
$37,180
Delaware
$36,990
Oklahoma
$36,780
Connecticut
$36,670
California
$36,650
Missouri
$36,140
Montana
$35,530
Virginia
$35,420
Ohio
$34,480
Utah
$33,830
Nebraska
$33,760
Maine
$32,660
Alabama
$32,360
Wyoming
$31,760
South Dakota
$31,130
Mississippi
$28,940
West Virginia
$27,130
Louisiana
$27,090
District of Columbia
$26,330
Nevada
$22,350
Guam
$21,590
Kansas
$19,750
Puerto Rico
$19,340



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