Massage Careers Statistics

Massage Careers Statistics
  • Employment statistics indicate massage therapists can expect faster-than-average growth for the 2004-2014 period
  • 33 states and D.C. require specific training and certification to practice massage therapy (2004)
  • Many massage therapists work part-time; working over 40 hours per week is uncommon, due to the physically demanding nature of massage and the time needed between appointments
  • Many professional massage therapists are self-employed
  • Massage therapy has been practiced for at least 2,400 years - the first documentation in Western culture of the benefits of massage were recorded by Hippocrates around 400 B.C.E.
  • There are over 80 different types of massage modalities
  • There are about 1,300 post-secondary institutions, college programs, and training programs for massage therapy in the United States
  • In 2004, massage therapists held about 97,000 jobs in the U.S.
    • About two-thirds were self-employed
  • Median hourly earnings for massage therapists (including gratuities) were $15.36 in 2004.
    • The highest 10% earned more than $32.21/hour
    • The middle 50% earned between $9.78 and $23.82/hour
  • Massage therapists generally make 15 to 20% of their income in gratuity. Those who work in clinics or hospitals usually do not receive tips.

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