Information taken from US Bureau of Labor Statistics https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-1
Massage therapists treat clients by using touch to manipulate the muscles and other soft tissues of the body. With their touch, therapists relieve pain, help heal injuries, improve circulation, relieve stress, increase relaxation, and aid in the general wellness of clients.
Massage therapists work in an array of settings, such as spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers. Some massage therapists also travel to clients’ homes or offices to give a massage.
Massage therapists typically complete a postsecondary education program of 500 or more hours of study and experience, although standards and requirements vary by state or other jurisdictions. Most states regulate massage therapy and require massage therapists to have a license or certification.
The median annual wage for massage therapists was $39,860 in May 2016.
Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Continued growth in the demand for massage services will lead to new openings for massage therapists.
Quick Facts: Massage Therapists
2016 Median Pay$39,860 per year
$19.17 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Post-secondary nondegree Award/Certificate
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None/ some
On-the-job Training None/some
Number of Jobs, 2014 168,800
Job Outlook, 2014-24 22% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2014-24 36,500