Massage Therapy Income
How much do massage therapists make?Massage therapists' incomes vary widely, depending on variables such as:
- type of practice
- your skills and the different techniques, modalities used
- your level of experience
Independent contractors working in a clinic setting commonly split their fees on a percentage basis to cover the services that are provided, such as working space, receptionist, supplies (oils, linens, etc.) and equipment (massage table, stools, chairs, etc.).
A massage therapist in a city may charge $60 to $70 an hour, and $35 to $50 in rural communities. Practitioners working for an hourly wage may earn less; however, they do not have overhead expenses.
Due to the physical and emotional demands of massage therapy, massage therapists commonly work less than 35 hours a week - though each individual's capacity will vary. Thus, a large percentage of therapists practice part-time, generally less than 10 hours a week.
Massage practitioners do not have the classic career ladder, in that advancements are not achieved through promotions and progressively taking on higher levels of responsibility. Instead, a therapist may take additional courses, which increases his or her ability and effectiveness, along with their clientele and fees.
Commonly, it takes six months to a year, with effort and persistence, to build a practice. Having good business and entrepreneurial skills can also be a major factor in building a practice.
Your income can grow by increasing the number of clients seen on a day-to-day basis. However, this is limited by the relatively intensive one-on-one nature of massage therapy.
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