Massage Therapy: A Rising Demand and Wage?

Massage Therapy: A Rising Demand and Wage?In the past few years alternative medicine has been taken more seriously in the traditional health care field and the benefits of massage are getting their past due recognition. It’s becoming a growing practice as is the number of schools and facilities offering its service. After a bit of internet research, some number crunching and a bit of averaging, here is an evaluation regarding salary as a massage therapist.


Based on a national level, averaging out the pay scale for massage therapist comes to about $19 per hour, some jobs come with benefits, commission or hourly tips in range between $2- $13 per hour. How much you will earn depends on a few factors.


Where you live/work has much to do with salary range. If you live in an area where economical growth is slow, the number of available jobs will be low. If there’s more unemployed massage therapist versus employed, the high rate of applicant competition can drive down the hourly wages. If you live in a metropolis, the hourly pay will be higher, and there are more opportunities. That doesn’t mean if you live in a charming hamlet that you’ll be close to skid row either. There are small towns where the population is largely wealthy, hence, valuable and high-quality services are paid above average. 


What sort of institution you’ll work for makes a difference in your pay scale. Even though a majority of working massage therapists are employed under the personal care services industry, the higher paying wages with benefits are being provided by the medical industry. It may be worth it to grab some CEUs if you want to earn a higher wage. If you’re working in the health care industry, you most likely will get a good benefit package. If you chose to work in the personal care industry, like a spa or hotel, you may not get a benefit package, but you will be earning tips some as high as $12 per hour with possible commission or bonus deals.


What kind of massage work (i.e. body work vs. myofascial) If your massage work is generally body work it may be focused in the personal care industry. Your clients are coming to you to work their stressed tensed muscles or maybe they’re on vacation and they’re treating themselves to some pampering. This kind of work can be subjected to the ups and downs of economic environments and it may be seasonal work too, meaning your pay or hours worked may not be consistent. If you work in the health industry, say rehabilitation, you most likely will be getting steady work, with benefits. Massage therapists that added CEUs and can preform myofascial release or other physical therapy services will no doubt see a rise in their pay scale.


How much experience you have can influence your salary. This is kind of a no-brainer, more experience=higher hourly pay. If you’re just starting out fresh from school, like most career fields, entry level always has its starting wage, then increases with time. That being said, some companies have a “top off” maximum, though they may offer benefits like profit sharing, commission, and bonuses. Profit sharing would be getting a certain percentage of total profits the company made, this encourages you to be more invested in your company. Commissions would be a percentage of your sales, an incentive to provide excellent service to keep customers returning. Bonuses would be a lump sum that could be based on performance or an increase of your yearly sales.  


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