Massage Therapist's Salary

Question:

How much is a registered massage therapist's salary on average?
- Haulwyn

Answer:

There are several factors to consider when considering registered massage therapists salary and income potential:

  • Primarily, as a massage therapist you must decide if you want to work for someone, or on your own, renting space in an existing clinic, office, spa etc. If you own your own business than you can expect an overhead that cuts into your massage therapist's salary. However, if you freelance you may not get consistent work till you build up your client base and this will obviously affect your salary.
  • Secondly, you must consider how much you want to work, how many massages you can physically give per day. The average is approximately 4 to 5 hours of physical massage. The more you work the more massage therapist's salary you make, but if you burn out then you have lost money.
  • Next you must figure out what the going rate is in your specific geographical location. Every state, city, province, town and country will have different fee schedules and some may even have massage therapy fee regulations.
  • The length of massage therapy treatments; focusing on 1 hour massages, 30 minute massages, 45 minute massages, 1.5 hour massages. You may charge more for 30 minute massages and take more clients or you could charge an hourly rate. Having a good rate plan will ensure a great massage therapy salary.
  • Also, take into consideration the time factors to build your client base, or perhaps taking over existing clients from another therapist etc. Getting established a solid clientele takes time. So, if you're new don't expect to make a seasoned massage therapy salary right away.

The average massage therapist usually treats 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, and depending on rates, usually $65.00 per hour. Also, you must consider holidays, sick days, missed appointments and no shows etc. Thus, probably working 48 weeks a year. That makes a Registered Massage Therapist's gross salary potential between $62K to $78K per year. Also, see the Becoming a Massage Therapist page and the Massage Therapy Salary page for more information about making massage therapy a career.

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