|Quick Facts: Massage Therapists|
$46,910 per year
$22.55 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award|
|20% (Much faster than average)|
What Massage Therapists Do
Massage therapists treat clients by applying pressure to manipulate the body's soft tissues and joints.
Massage therapists work in an array of settings, such as spas and offices of other health practitioners. Some also travel to local events, clients’ homes, or other sites. Part-time work is common, and work schedules may vary. Many massage therapists are self-employed.
How to Become a Massage Therapist
Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education that combines study and experience, although standards and requirements vary by state. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification.
The median annual wage for massage therapists was $46,910 in May 2021.
Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 20 percent from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 25,200 openings for massage therapists are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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