Sunday, August 1, 2021

Massage Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

Data recently published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that, as of May 2020, there were over 85,000 massage therapists working in the United States.  Almost 20,000 of those employed as massage therapists lived in the twelve-state Southeastern region of the U.S.  An examination of the BLS data reveals the Southeastern U.S. to be a very weak one for massage therapist pay, with Kentucky being the only state in the region with an average massage therapist annual mean wage level that topped the national average.  Moreover, the region was home to five of the ten worst states in the U.S. for massage therapist annual mean wages.  A deeper look at BLS data from May 2020 reveals the following about massage therapist pay in the Southeastern U.S.:

Massage Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.
Massage Therapist Pay in the Southeastern U.S.

State # Employed Annual Mean Wages Wage Rank*
AL 410 $36,020 44th
AR 390 $46,020 25th
FL 6,450 $40,530 40th
GA 2,740 $33,850 46th
KY 740 $48,450 18th
LA 500 $31,470 49th
MS 180 $33,700 47th
NC 2,380 $42,750 33rd
SC 1,600 $36,910 43rd
TN 2,000 $45,430 28th
VA 2,450 $42,510 34th
WV 150 $44,640 31st
U.S. 85,040 $47,350 -------

(*) annual mean wage ranking among the 50 states and the District of Columbia

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics OES. Data extracted on June 5, 2021

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