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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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)
81,030 2.6 % $ 23.68 $ 49,260 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for Massage Therapists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.75 $ 16.72 $ 22.55 $ 29.09 $ 37.31
Annual Wage (2) $ 24,450 $ 34,770 $ 46,910 $ 60,510 $ 77,600


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 41,970 6.45 $ 22.20 $ 46,180
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,420 2.82 $ 25.76 $ 53,570
Traveler Accommodation 4,690 0.34 $ 18.42 $ 38,310
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Offices of Physicians 1,100 0.04 $ 28.07 $ 58,390

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 41,970 6.45 $ 22.20 $ 46,180
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 27,420 2.82 $ 25.76 $ 53,570
Traveler Accommodation 4,690 0.34 $ 18.42 $ 38,310
Technical and Trade Schools 410 0.31 $ 22.03 $ 45,820
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 $ 31.92 $ 66,390

Top paying industries for Massage Therapists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Spectator Sports 70 0.06 $ 34.72 $ 72,210
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $ 34.07 $ 70,860
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 2,370 0.21 $ 31.92 $ 66,390
Home Health Care Services 630 0.04 $ 28.31 $ 58,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises 180 0.01 $ 28.29 $ 58,830


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.



Map of employment of massage therapists by state, May 2021


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 9,880 0.60 1.04 $ 25.94 $ 53,950
Texas 8,510 0.70 1.21 $ 21.14 $ 43,970
Florida 7,070 0.82 1.43 $ 21.49 $ 44,690
Colorado 4,420 1.69 2.93 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
New York 3,840 0.44 0.77 $ 25.32 $ 52,660


Map of location quotient of massage therapists by state, May 2021


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 4,420 1.69 2.93 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
Hawaii 810 1.47 2.56 $ 28.32 $ 58,910
Nevada 1,710 1.32 2.30 $ 17.37 $ 36,120
Alaska 370 1.26 2.19 $ 48.11 $ 100,080
Arizona 2,540 0.88 1.54 $ 22.17 $ 46,110


Map of annual mean wages of massage therapists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Massage Therapists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 370 1.26 2.19 $ 48.11 $ 100,080
Washington 2,660 0.83 1.44 $ 31.75 $ 66,040
Oregon 1,410 0.77 1.34 $ 31.53 $ 65,580
Connecticut 950 0.60 1.05 $ 29.90 $ 62,200
Maryland 840 0.33 0.58 $ 29.82 $ 62,030



Map of employment of massage therapists by area, May 2021


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 5,310 0.61 1.06 $ 24.00 $ 49,930
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,610 0.63 1.10 $ 25.39 $ 52,810
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,990 0.83 1.45 $ 21.84 $ 45,430
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,930 0.69 1.20 $ 27.35 $ 56,880
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,420 1.65 2.87 $ 23.45 $ 48,770
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,320 0.94 1.64 $ 21.86 $ 45,470
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,220 0.77 1.33 $ 20.84 $ 43,350
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 2,050 0.97 1.69 $ 22.30 $ 46,390
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,570 0.61 1.06 $ 29.41 $ 61,170
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,470 0.76 1.33 $ 32.67 $ 67,950


Map of location quotient of massage therapists by area, May 2021


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)
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 180 2.87 4.98 $ 32.32 $ 67,220
Colorado Springs, CO 750 2.61 4.54 $ 23.10 $ 48,060
Fort Collins, CO 330 2.05 3.56 $ 24.79 $ 51,570
Napa, CA 130 1.86 3.23 $ 23.64 $ 49,170
Anchorage, AK 270 1.67 2.91 $ 46.28 $ 96,260
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 2,420 1.65 2.87 $ 23.45 $ 48,770
Bellingham, WA 130 1.58 2.74 $ 31.12 $ 64,730
Prescott, AZ 100 1.54 2.68 $ 22.90 $ 47,630
Boulder, CO 280 1.54 2.67 $ 25.69 $ 53,440
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 1,410 1.53 2.67 $ 17.76 $ 36,940


Map of annual mean wages of massage therapists by area, May 2021


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)
Anchorage, AK 270 1.67 2.91 $ 46.28 $ 96,260
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 80 0.62 1.08 $ 36.05 $ 74,980
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 60 0.74 1.29 $ 35.99 $ 74,850
Eugene, OR 120 0.81 1.42 $ 35.09 $ 72,990
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 330 0.88 1.54 $ 34.73 $ 72,230
Bend-Redmond, OR 120 1.47 2.56 $ 33.62 $ 69,930
Wenatchee, WA 50 1.10 1.90 $ 33.19 $ 69,040
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,470 0.76 1.33 $ 32.67 $ 67,950
Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 180 2.87 4.98 $ 32.32 $ 67,220
Salem, OR 110 0.66 1.14 $ 32.09 $ 66,750

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 230 1.96 3.40 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 160 1.57 2.73 $ 21.19 $ 44,080
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 1.58 $ 30.38 $ 63,190
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.24 2.15 $ 27.72 $ 57,650
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 80 0.41 0.70 $ 26.19 $ 54,480

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 230 1.96 3.40 $ 22.74 $ 47,310
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 160 1.57 2.73 $ 21.19 $ 44,080
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area 100 1.24 2.15 $ 27.72 $ 57,650
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 70 0.94 1.64 $ 20.37 $ 42,360
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 1.58 $ 30.38 $ 63,190

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 70 0.77 1.34 $ 54.86 $ 114,120
Southeast-Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area 50 0.62 1.07 $ 35.12 $ 73,050
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 0.76 $ 31.20 $ 64,890
Upper Peninsula of Michigan nonmetropolitan area 40 0.39 0.68 $ 30.58 $ 63,610
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 110 0.91 1.58 $ 30.38 $ 63,190


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.

(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