How Much Do Massage Therapists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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

Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.

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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
$47350 per year
Hourly wage
$23 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$22,580 to $30,010 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$11 to $14 per hour

Entry-level Massage Therapists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $22,580 to $30,010 per year or $11 to $14 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 Massage Therapists 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%) $38 $79,150
Senior (Top 25%) $29 $59,790
Middle (Mid 50%) $21 $43,620
Junior (Bottom 25%) $14 $30,010
No experience (Bottom 10%) $11 $22,580

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
AK $38 $78,790
MA $34 $69,790
WA $31 $64,950
OR $30 $61,820
HI $27 $56,940
ME $27 $56,560
NY $27 $55,290
NE $27 $55,160
NH $26 $53,260
MN $26 $53,060

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

According to BLS, the highest paid Massage Therapists are in the states of AK, MA, WA, OR and HI.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Individual and Family Services $63220 $30.39
Specialty Hospitals $62630 $30.11
Local Government $58450 $28.10
Management of Companies and Enterprises $56670 $27.25
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $56200 $27.02
Home Health Care Services $55600 $26.73
Offices of Physicians $55440 $26.66
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $53950 $25.94
Civic and Social Organizations $53420 $25.68
Continuing Care Retirement Communities and Assisted Living Facilities for the Elderly $53320 $25.63
Offices of Other Health Practitioners $52360 $25.17
Health and Personal Care Stores $50980 $24.51
Spectator Sports $47300 $22.74
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries $45290 $21.77
Traveler Accommodation $44230 $21.26
Personal Care Services $43830 $21.07
Other Schools and Instruction $42360 $20.36
Technical and Trade Schools $42180 $20.28
Employment Services $40020 $19.24
Other Personal Services $39810 $19.14
Real Estate $39710 $19.09
Gambling Industries $35590 $17.11
RV (Recreational Vehicle) Parks and Recreational Camps $33700 $16.20
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $29910 $14.38
General Merchandise Stores $25880 $12.44
Amusement Parks and Arcades $25090 $12.06
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