Thursday, March 25, 2021

20 Best Metro Markets for Massage Therapist Pay

In a January commentary we took a look at Massage Therapist Pay in the Top 20 Metropolitan Markets.  As is the case with many health professions, the major metropolitan areas in the U.S. are the biggest employment centers for massage therapists.  That said, it is in smaller metro markets, not the large ones, where massage therapists frequently discover better paying employment. This is readily seen in May 2019 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which show us that only two of the 20 largest metro areas in the nation were among the 20 best metro markets for massage therapist pay:

Metropolitan Area # Employed Annual Mean Wages
1 Anchorage, AK 420 $76,930
2 Yakima, WA 80 $72,870
3 College Station-Bryan, TX N/A $70,090
4 Kennewick-Richland, WA 130 $68,580
5 Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI 240 $68,490
6 Wenatchee, WA 60 $67,740
7 Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue (#) 3,360 $67,180
8 Eugene, OR 170 $66,430
9 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 90 $65,400
10 Greeley, CO N/A $64,410
11 Longview, WA 50 $63,610
12 Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,830 $63,160
13 Danbury, CT 30 $62,950
14 Bellingham, WA 160 $62,870
15 Medford, OR 90 $61,250
16 Boston-Cambridge-Nashua (#) 1,880 $61,180
17 Salem, OR 120 $61,170
18 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA 150 $59,950
19 Winston-Salem, NC N/A $59,790
20 Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 210 $59,200
National 107,240 $47,180

(#) a top 20 U.S metro population area

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

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