Sunday, January 10, 2021

Massage Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), as of May 2019 there were about 107,000 massage therapists employed in the United States. Massage therapists are employed in a variety of settings, including spas, franchised clinics, physicians’ offices, hotels, and fitness centers. Most massage therapy jobs require a postsecondary education and certain technical skills, but the massage therapist wage scale is considerably lower than it is for workers in most occupations. According to BLS estimates, as of May 2019 the national mean wage for massage therapists was $47,180 per year, about 10% less than the $53,490 annual mean wage for workers in all occupations. The pay scale for the profession varies widely, with practitioners in some regions earning double what their peers make elsewhere.  This variation in pay is readily seen in May 2019 data from the BLS, which reveals the following about massage therapist pay in the top 20 metropolitan markets in the United States:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 New York-Newark-Jersey City 7,440 $53,270
2 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 6,320 $42,890
3 Chicago-Naperville-Elgin 3,890 $49,040
4 Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington 2,470 $50,490
5 Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land 1,580 $37,940
6 Washington-Arlington-Alexandria 2,200 $44,890
7 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach 2,570 $46,420
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington 2,320 $47,450
9 Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta 2,060 $32,610
10 Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler 1,910 $45,230
11 Boston-Cambridge-Newton 1,880 $61,180
12 San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley 2,200 $50,560
13 Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1,460 $41,610
14 Detroit-Warren-Dearborn 980 $47,690
15 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue 3,360 $67,180
16 Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington 1,740 $51,420
17 San Diego-Chula Vista-Carlsbad 1,910 $42,050
18 Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 1,080 $44,610
19 Denver-Aurora-Lakewood 3,490 $44,860
20 St. Louis 980 $38,820
National 107,240 $47,180

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on January 6, 2021