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How Much Does a Massage Therapist Make

Updated on October 20, 2011

So, Exactly How Much Does a Massage Therapist Make

In these increasingly difficult days of recession and unemployment, tension is rising and stress levels along with it. Perhaps for this reason we are seeing a rise in the number of people taking up self employment, perhaps as an extra job, and becoming a massage therapist is one of these.

But exactly how viable is this career path and how much does a massage therapist make in a year and does this make it worthwhile?

Estimates vary, and it depends on individual circumstances as well as location. For example, a full time position in a doctor’s surgery may earn you in the region of $40k to $60k per year. However, for many people, becoming a massage therapist isn't necessarily a job that they want to do on a regular nine to five basis and often it is a way of 'me-lancing', that is to do it as one of a number of jobs in a portfolio of work.

Online Massage Classes

In these cases, it is impossible to exactly know how much a massage therapist makes in a year as they may choose a differing number of hours. The hourly rate for a massage therapist will also vary depending on their experience and recommendations. For example, some may have studied in great detail for sports injuries etc whilst others may simply have done some online massage classes, but a reasonably established massage therapist will usually charge between $40 and $60 a session.

Of course, if you are looking to start a career path as a massage therapist and want to know how much does a massage therapist make, you need to be very cautious of advertisements for massage therapists offering higher rates as these may well turn out to be a little more than simply a massage therapist and may well involve work in the adult industry.

A Comfortable Massage Environment

Many people also do the work as they like the relaxation it also gives them and most individual massage therapists will, over a period of time, build up a portfolio of clients that they trust and feel comfortable with, and this adds to the enjoyment of the work too, and for many, this is one of the most important factors of their job.


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      restrelax 6 years ago from Los angeles CA

      Nice information is given on this hub. keep it up.