Department of Labor Logo United States Department of Labor
Dot gov

The .gov means it's official.
Federal government websites often end in .gov or .mil. Before sharing sensitive information, make sure you're on a federal government site.

Https

The site is secure.
The https:// ensures that you are connecting to the official website and that any information you provide is encrypted and transmitted securely.

Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
PRINT:Print
OEWS OEWS Program Links

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Massage Therapists
Industry profile for Massage Therapists
Geographic profile for Massage Therapists

National estimates for Massage Therapists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Massage Therapists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
85,040 3.0 % $ 22.77 $ 47,350 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for Massage Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 10.86 $ 14.43 $ 20.97 $ 28.74 $ 38.06
Annual Wage (2) $ 22,580 $ 30,010 $ 43,620 $ 59,790 $ 79,150


Industry profile for Massage Therapists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Massage Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 41,370 7.67 $ 21.07 $ 43,830
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 29,200 3.23 $ 25.17 $ 52,360
Traveler Accommodation 6,590 0.43 $ 21.26 $ 44,230
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,690 0.26 $ 21.77 $ 45,290
Offices of Physicians 1,250 0.05 $ 26.66 $ 55,440

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Massage Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 41,370 7.67 $ 21.07 $ 43,830
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 29,200 3.23 $ 25.17 $ 52,360
Traveler Accommodation 6,590 0.43 $ 21.26 $ 44,230
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,690 0.26 $ 21.77 $ 45,290
Technical and Trade Schools 210 0.17 $ 20.28 $ 42,180

Top paying industries for Massage Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Individual and Family Services 90 (7) $ 30.39 $ 63,220
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals (8) (8) $ 30.11 $ 62,630
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 80 (7) $ 28.10 $ 58,450
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $ 27.25 $ 56,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $ 27.02 $ 56,200


Geographic profile for Massage Therapists:

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





States with the highest employment level in Massage Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 11,450 0.70 1.14 $ 21.51 $ 44,730
Florida 6,450 0.76 1.25 $ 19.49 $ 40,530
Colorado 5,240 2.03 3.32 $ 22.12 $ 46,020
New York 5,180 0.60 0.97 $ 26.58 $ 55,290
Texas 4,440 0.37 0.60 $ 20.36 $ 42,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Massage Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colorado 5,240 2.03 3.32 $ 22.12 $ 46,020
Alaska 510 1.73 2.83 $ 37.88 $ 78,790
Hawaii 780 1.36 2.23 $ 27.38 $ 56,940
Washington 4,110 1.29 2.10 $ 31.23 $ 64,950
Nevada 1,350 1.08 1.76 $ 18.88 $ 39,270




Top paying states for Massage Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 510 1.73 2.83 $ 37.88 $ 78,790
Massachusetts 1,670 0.50 0.82 $ 33.55 $ 69,790
Washington 4,110 1.29 2.10 $ 31.23 $ 64,950
Oregon 1,490 0.83 1.35 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Hawaii 780 1.36 2.23 $ 27.38 $ 56,940





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Massage Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 5,790 0.66 1.07 $ 25.91 $ 53,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,820 0.83 1.35 $ 19.46 $ 40,480
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,450 0.79 1.30 $ 25.01 $ 52,030
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,240 2.23 3.64 $ 21.68 $ 45,100
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,610 1.33 2.18 $ 31.85 $ 66,250
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,240 0.85 1.39 $ 15.28 $ 31,780
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,190 1.04 1.70 $ 22.30 $ 46,380
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,760 0.58 0.95 $ 23.75 $ 49,390
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,590 0.63 1.04 $ 17.96 $ 37,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,550 0.57 0.94 $ 23.34 $ 48,540




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Massage Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 230 3.39 5.54 $ 25.34 $ 52,700
Colorado Springs, CO 810 2.91 4.76 $ 20.51 $ 42,650
Hilton Head Island-Bluffton-Beaufort, SC 210 2.83 4.63 $ 14.89 $ 30,970
Anchorage, AK 400 2.45 4.00 $ 37.28 $ 77,530
St. George, UT 160 2.31 3.77 $ 26.39 $ 54,900
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,240 2.23 3.64 $ 21.68 $ 45,100
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 150 2.23 3.64 $ 29.72 $ 61,820
Fort Collins, CO 320 2.05 3.35 $ 21.20 $ 44,090
Grand Junction, CO 110 1.81 2.95 (8) (8)
Coeur d'Alene, ID 100 1.66 2.71 $ 22.30 $ 46,380




Top paying metropolitan areas for Massage Therapists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Port St. Lucie, FL (8) (8) (8) $ 39.25 $ 81,640
Anchorage, AK 400 2.45 4.00 $ 37.28 $ 77,530
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,420 0.54 0.89 $ 34.97 $ 72,730
Fairbanks, AK 30 1.07 1.76 $ 32.76 $ 68,140
Eugene, OR 80 0.52 0.86 $ 32.67 $ 67,950
Salem, OR 120 0.70 1.15 $ 32.28 $ 67,140
Yakima, WA 60 0.68 1.11 $ 32.18 $ 66,920
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 2,610 1.33 2.18 $ 31.85 $ 66,250
Greeley, CO 100 0.96 1.57 $ 31.51 $ 65,550
Wenatchee, WA 70 1.53 2.51 $ 31.40 $ 65,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Massage Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 330 2.86 4.68 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 1.60 2.62 $ 34.45 $ 71,660
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 1.50 2.45 $ 26.03 $ 54,150
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.59 $ 20.90 $ 43,470
Northeastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 120 0.62 1.02 $ 23.46 $ 48,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Massage Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 330 2.86 4.68 $ 21.37 $ 44,450
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 1.60 2.62 $ 34.45 $ 71,660
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 140 1.50 2.45 $ 26.03 $ 54,150
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 90 1.20 1.96 $ 19.22 $ 39,970
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 130 0.97 1.59 $ 20.90 $ 43,470

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Massage Therapists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 80 0.76 1.24 $ 43.31 $ 90,080
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 190 1.60 2.62 $ 34.45 $ 71,660
Northwest Lower Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 70 0.62 1.02 $ 32.24 $ 67,070
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 60 0.59 0.96 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 31.03 $ 64,530


About May 2020 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 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021