Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

31-9011 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.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
60,040 2.7 % $19.12 $39,770 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.64 $11.64 $16.78 $24.72 $33.17
Annual Wage (2) $17,970 $24,220 $34,900 $51,410 $69,000


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 27,200 4.49 $18.09 $37,620
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 16,940 2.55 $20.90 $43,480
Traveler Accommodation 6,370 0.38 $16.82 $34,990
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,920 0.37 $20.36 $42,350
Offices of Physicians 1,570 0.07 $20.90 $43,480

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 27,200 4.49 $18.09 $37,620
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 16,940 2.55 $20.90 $43,480
Traveler Accommodation 6,370 0.38 $16.82 $34,990
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,920 0.37 $20.36 $42,350
Technical and Trade Schools 510 0.33 $18.16 $37,760

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $26.45 $55,020
Offices of Dentists (8) (8) $26.22 $54,530
Nursing Care Facilities 90 0.01 $24.61 $51,200
Junior Colleges 140 0.02 $23.49 $48,860
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 810 0.02 $22.23 $46,230


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,240 0.66 1.40 $18.71 $38,910
Florida 4,970 0.70 1.48 $17.67 $36,750
Texas 4,340 0.43 0.91 $17.61 $36,630
Washington 2,810 1.04 2.21 $26.33 $54,770
Illinois 2,720 0.49 1.04 $16.95 $35,260




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Nevada 1,440 1.29 2.73 $12.35 $25,680
Hawaii 670 1.18 2.50 $18.43 $38,340
Washington 2,810 1.04 2.21 $26.33 $54,770
Oregon 1,470 0.94 1.98 $22.44 $46,670
Vermont 250 0.86 1.82 $24.45 $50,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 240 0.79 1.67 $41.47 $86,250
Delaware 100 0.25 0.53 $27.80 $57,830
Washington 2,810 1.04 2.21 $26.33 $54,770
Vermont 250 0.86 1.82 $24.45 $50,850
New York 1,970 0.24 0.50 $24.07 $50,060

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,810 0.51 1.08 $17.07 $35,510
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,670 0.44 0.92 $16.75 $34,830
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,650 0.75 1.59 $19.15 $39,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,460 0.87 1.84 $19.75 $41,070
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,400 0.28 0.59 $24.80 $51,580
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,320 1.64 3.47 $12.62 $26,250
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.98 2.08 $27.65 $57,510
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,290 1.36 2.89 (8) (8)
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,240 0.50 1.05 $16.68 $34,700
Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA 1,200 1.24 2.63 $21.61 $44,940




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 430 7.02 14.86 $18.34 $38,140
Olympia, WA 260 2.72 5.76 $27.21 $56,590
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,320 1.64 3.47 $12.62 $26,250
Springfield, OH 80 1.63 3.45 $9.90 $20,600
Hot Springs, AR 60 1.63 3.45 $15.42 $32,070
Spokane, WA 290 1.49 3.15 $27.14 $56,460
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI 80 1.46 3.08 $19.53 $40,620
Salinas, CA 220 1.43 3.03 $19.59 $40,740
Wenatchee, WA 50 1.40 2.96 $20.00 $41,590
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,290 1.36 2.89 (8) (8)




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 170 1.02 2.15 $41.83 $87,010
Tallahassee, FL 90 0.55 1.16 $34.37 $71,480
York-Hanover, PA (8) (8) (8) $31.07 $64,630
Eugene-Springfield, OR 160 1.15 2.44 $30.09 $62,600
Bellingham, WA 90 1.26 2.68 $29.61 $61,600
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 110 0.66 1.40 $28.08 $58,400
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 80 0.25 0.52 $27.99 $58,220
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,320 0.98 2.08 $27.65 $57,510
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 50 0.68 1.45 $27.38 $56,960
Olympia, WA 260 2.72 5.76 $27.21 $56,590

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 260 1.71 3.63 $22.54 $46,890
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.20 6.76 $18.19 $37,840
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 120 0.86 1.81 $16.01 $33,300
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 100 0.55 1.16 $18.76 $39,010
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.42 3.01 $27.57 $57,340

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 230 3.20 6.76 $18.19 $37,840
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 260 1.71 3.63 $22.54 $46,890
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.42 3.01 $27.57 $57,340
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.00 2.13 $20.16 $41,940
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.96 2.04 $28.63 $59,550

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.61 1.28 $39.37 $81,880
Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.96 2.04 $28.63 $59,550
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 100 1.42 3.01 $27.57 $57,340
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 30 0.59 1.25 $27.46 $57,120
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.26 $54,630


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

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May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011