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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

29-1291 Acupuncturists

Diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. May also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies. Excludes “Chiropractors” (29-1011).


National estimates for Acupuncturists
Industry profile for Acupuncturists
Geographic profile for Acupuncturists

National estimates for Acupuncturists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Acupuncturists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
7,250 12.7 % $ 34.51 $ 71,770 6.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for Acupuncturists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 14.22 $ 18.27 $ 29.12 $ 47.33 $ 60.79
Annual Wage (2) $ 29,580 $ 38,000 $ 60,570 $ 98,440 $ 126,440


Industry profile for Acupuncturists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Acupuncturists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,690 0.58 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Offices of Physicians 430 0.02 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $ 48.85 $ 101,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 0.00 $ 44.25 $ 92,050
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $ 49.81 $ 103,600

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Acupuncturists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,690 0.58 $ 34.30 $ 71,340
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $ 48.85 $ 101,620
Offices of Physicians 430 0.02 $ 34.09 $ 70,910
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $ 49.81 $ 103,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 0.00 $ 53.50 $ 111,270

Top paying industries for Acupuncturists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 30 (7) $ 53.50 $ 111,270
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $ 49.81 $ 103,600
Outpatient Care Centers 170 0.02 $ 48.85 $ 101,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 150 (7) $ 44.25 $ 92,050
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 5,690 0.58 $ 34.30 $ 71,340


Geographic profile for Acupuncturists:

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



Map of employment of acupuncturists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Acupuncturists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,130 0.13 2.51 $ 36.63 $ 76,180
New York 960 0.11 2.15 $ 40.52 $ 84,270
New Jersey 550 0.14 2.77 $ 43.95 $ 91,410
Colorado 520 0.20 3.89 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Washington 470 0.15 2.85 $ 26.59 $ 55,300


Map of location quotient of acupuncturists by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 170 0.30 5.85 $ 33.13 $ 68,920
Colorado 520 0.20 3.89 $ 24.83 $ 51,650
Oregon 290 0.16 3.13 $ 29.62 $ 61,600
Washington 470 0.15 2.85 $ 26.59 $ 55,300
New Jersey 550 0.14 2.77 $ 43.95 $ 91,410


Map of annual mean wages of acupuncturists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Acupuncturists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Tennessee (8) (8) (8) $ 66.38 $ 138,060
New Jersey 550 0.14 2.77 $ 43.95 $ 91,410
Maryland 110 0.04 0.83 $ 43.14 $ 89,720
New York 960 0.11 2.15 $ 40.52 $ 84,270
North Carolina 120 0.03 0.54 $ 39.57 $ 82,300



Map of employment of acupuncturists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Acupuncturists:

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 1,360 0.16 3.05 $ 42.65 $ 88,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 560 0.25 4.81 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 360 0.19 3.61 $ 26.65 $ 55,430
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.19 3.77 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.26 4.96 $ 37.52 $ 78,040
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.08 1.47 (8) (8)
Urban Honolulu, HI 160 0.40 7.78 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.14 2.66 $ 37.66 $ 78,330
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 110 0.14 2.65 $ 25.65 $ 53,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 0.46 $ 43.71 $ 90,920


Map of location quotient of acupuncturists by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Urban Honolulu, HI 160 0.40 7.78 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
Fort Collins, CO 50 0.34 6.58 $ 23.00 $ 47,850
Boulder, CO 60 0.32 6.15 $ 30.73 $ 63,920
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.26 4.96 $ 37.52 $ 78,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 560 0.25 4.81 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 280 0.19 3.77 $ 23.66 $ 49,210
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 360 0.19 3.61 $ 26.65 $ 55,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,360 0.16 3.05 $ 42.65 $ 88,720
Boise City, ID 50 0.15 2.96 $ 21.16 $ 44,010
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.14 2.66 $ 37.66 $ 78,330


Map of annual mean wages of acupuncturists by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Acupuncturists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 70 0.02 0.46 $ 43.71 $ 90,920
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,360 0.16 3.05 $ 42.65 $ 88,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 560 0.25 4.81 $ 41.51 $ 86,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD (8) (8) (8) $ 40.10 $ 83,410
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA 130 0.14 2.66 $ 37.66 $ 78,330
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 270 0.26 4.96 $ 37.52 $ 78,040
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 37.23 $ 77,440
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI (8) (8) (8) $ 34.32 $ 71,390
Urban Honolulu, HI 160 0.40 7.78 $ 33.21 $ 69,080
Boulder, CO 60 0.32 6.15 $ 30.73 $ 63,920


About May 2021 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 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022