How Much Do Acupuncturists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Acupuncturists provide treatment of symptoms and disorders using needles and small electrical currents. May provide massage treatment. May also provide preventive treatments.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$218850 per year
Hourly wage
$105 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$61,380 to $126,470 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$30 to $61 per hour

Entry-level Acupuncturists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $61,380 to $126,470 per year or $30 to $61 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Acupuncturists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $100+ $208,000+
Senior (Top 25%) $100+ $208,000+
Middle (Mid 50%) $100+ $208,000+
Junior (Bottom 25%) $61 $126,470
No experience (Bottom 10%) $30 $61,380

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
ME $134 $279,700
MT $131 $271,560
SD $129 $269,100
AK $128 $266,200
WY $127 $263,540
HI $127 $263,200
IN $125 $260,540
WI $124 $258,470
NV $121 $251,840
GA $121 $251,300

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Acupuncturist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like ME doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at ME might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Acupuncturists are in the states of ME, MT, SD, AK and WY.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Local Government $147040 $70.69
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $132120 $63.52
Home Health Care Services $120110 $57.75
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $114760 $55.17
Federal Executive Branch $107320 $51.60
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $107110 $51.49
Outpatient Care Centers $106730 $51.31
Scientific Research and Development Services $105590 $50.76
Specialty Hospitals $104570 $50.27
State Government $104410 $50.20
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities $100680 $48.40
Offices of Physicians $100660 $48.39
Management of Companies and Enterprises $98750 $47.48
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing $94790 $45.57
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $87450 $42.05
Insurance Carriers $87360 $42.00
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services $86260 $41.47
Residential Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Mental Health, and Substance Abuse Facilities $83120 $39.96
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $75180 $36.14
Offices of Dentists $71900 $34.57
Elementary and Secondary Schools $70970 $34.12
Individual and Family Services $62690 $30.14
Personal Care Services $59620 $28.66
Health and Personal Care Stores $42670 $20.51
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