Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
103,300 2.7 % $21.61 $44,950 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.76 $13.29 $19.23 $27.54 $37.25
Annual Wage (2) $20,300 $27,640 $39,990 $57,280 $77,470


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 51,400 7.30 $20.40 $42,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 33,030 3.77 $23.37 $48,610
Traveler Accommodation 9,740 0.50 $21.35 $44,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,350 0.26 $22.51 $46,820
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 940 0.02 $24.98 $51,960

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 51,400 7.30 $20.40 $42,440
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 33,030 3.77 $23.37 $48,610
Traveler Accommodation 9,740 0.50 $21.35 $44,420
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,350 0.26 $22.51 $46,820
Other Personal Services 580 0.18 $17.99 $37,420

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals 40 0.01 $33.01 $68,660
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 70 0.03 $30.73 $63,930
Management of Companies and Enterprises 40 (7) $30.50 $63,440
Civic and Social Organizations 240 0.06 $27.24 $56,670
Individual and Family Services 70 (7) $26.72 $55,580


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 17,390 1.04 1.44 $19.95 $41,500
Texas 9,050 0.76 1.05 $22.21 $46,190
Florida 8,930 1.06 1.46 $22.49 $46,790
Colorado 5,160 2.02 2.79 $20.88 $43,420
Washington 4,520 1.42 1.96 $29.73 $61,840




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)
Hawaii 1,380 2.18 3.01 $25.89 $53,860
Colorado 5,160 2.02 2.79 $20.88 $43,420
Alaska 640 2.00 2.77 $41.82 $86,980
Washington 4,520 1.42 1.96 $29.73 $61,840
Nevada 1,670 1.28 1.76 $14.68 $30,530




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 640 2.00 2.77 $41.82 $86,980
Washington 4,520 1.42 1.96 $29.73 $61,840
Oregon 2,280 1.25 1.72 $28.55 $59,390
New York 4,250 0.46 0.64 $28.43 $59,130
Hawaii 1,380 2.18 3.01 $25.89 $53,860



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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)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 4,840 1.09 1.51 $19.07 $39,670
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,500 2.42 3.35 $19.52 $40,600
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,110 0.47 0.64 $28.45 $59,170
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 2,770 1.72 2.37 $19.63 $40,830
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 2,680 0.73 1.01 $22.01 $45,780
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,560 1.55 2.14 $30.82 $64,100
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,220 0.76 1.04 $15.57 $32,380
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,130 0.81 1.12 $17.46 $36,320
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 2,030 1.75 2.42 $28.82 $59,940
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,770 1.23 1.70 $17.37 $36,120


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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 310 4.25 5.87 $25.63 $53,320
Boulder, CO 560 3.16 4.36 $25.67 $53,390
Anchorage, AK 510 2.96 4.08 $42.33 $88,050
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 210 2.90 4.00 $36.68 $76,290
San Rafael, CA Metropolitan Division 300 2.63 3.63 $22.51 $46,810
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 3,500 2.42 3.35 $19.52 $40,600
Atlantic City-Hammonton, NJ 270 2.13 2.95 $12.93 $26,880
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 270 2.12 2.93 $17.32 $36,020
Urban Honolulu, HI 900 1.96 2.70 $23.89 $49,690
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 1,080 1.79 2.47 $24.63 $51,230


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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 510 2.96 4.08 $42.33 $88,050
Kingston, NY 60 1.05 1.45 $41.17 $85,630
Fairbanks, AK 30 0.88 1.22 $36.77 $76,470
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 210 2.90 4.00 $36.68 $76,290
Eugene, OR 200 1.33 1.83 $33.75 $70,200
Yakima, WA 60 0.66 0.91 $33.00 $68,650
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 140 0.95 1.32 $32.45 $67,500
Wenatchee, WA 40 0.98 1.35 $31.77 $66,080
Medford, OR (8) (8) (8) $31.60 $65,730
Binghamton, NY (8) (8) (8) $31.05 $64,590

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)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 320 2.73 3.77 $19.74 $41,060
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 270 2.69 3.72 $23.97 $49,850
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 150 0.71 0.99 $13.96 $29,030
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 130 1.19 1.64 $19.23 $40,000
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.67 0.92 $20.61 $42,860

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)
Wasatch Back nonmetropolitan area 100 3.09 4.26 (8) (8)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 320 2.73 3.77 $19.74 $41,060
Hawaii / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 270 2.69 3.72 $23.97 $49,850
Northern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 120 1.68 2.32 $26.34 $54,780
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.41 1.95 $32.66 $67,920

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)
Balance of Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.60 0.83 $50.07 $104,140
Eastern and Southern Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $42.85 $89,140
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $41.94 $87,220
Coastal Plains Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $34.39 $71,530
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 50 1.41 1.95 $32.66 $67,920


About May 2017 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018