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Massage therapists are professionals who are in the business of helping people feel better by alleviating stress, relieving pain, and/or assisting them in the process of healing from injuries. They do this by manipulating the soft tissue muscles of the body in an effort to improve circulation and promote general healing of the muscles. Often referred to by the familiar term of "masseuse", a massage therapist has a high degree of personal interaction with his/her clients and is usually able to derive a great deal of satisfaction from being afforded the opportunity to help people.

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Massage Therapy Schools

The majority of U.S. states require massage therapists to complete a formal education program through a massage therapy school, and pass an exam to obtain a license. You can get trained as a massage therapist though private or public colleges or through massage therapy training centers or schools. You typically need a high school diploma prior to applying to these programs.

Massage therapy education requirements vary by state and program, but most schools have programs that require 500-1,000 hours of study and hands-on experience. Courses may include:

  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Kinesiology
  • Pathology
  • Business management

Similar to health care careers, massage therapists usually have continuing education requirements to keep their certification and license current.

Massage Therapist Certification

Educational requirements for massage therapists vary widely by state and locality. Hundreds of massage therapy schools and college programs are currently in place throughout the country; however, the licensing requirements of a particular jurisdiction in which a candidate wants to practice should be checked before making a decision on which school or program to pursue. Also, candidates who are interesting in a certain specialty should try to find a school that caters to that specialty.

In general, massage schools tend to be somewhat expensive; however, most offer some kind of financial assistance including federal student loans. Most of them require a high school diploma for admittance and many also require a personal interview. A large number of schools regularly arrange internships with local massage practices so that graduates can start out with a valuable amount of practical on-the-job experience under their belts.

Massage Therapy Licensing

Licensing requirements are also quite variable and depend on the state and also by particular localities within states. Most states regulate the profession in some fashion and those that do not usually contain municipalities which impose their own requirements for a business license. Licensure typically requires some combination of education, experience, and/or the ability to pass an exam. Presently, most states require a minimum of 500 or more hours of massage training.

Many jurisdictions recognize the exam-based national certification program offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), or the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), or both. The exams, which are given at test centers across the country, do not result in licensure, as their are other requirements for that (the requirements vary by state).

A very helpful credential for a massage therapist is membership in a professional massage therapy association. Memberships help therapists network and establish contacts in the industry, which in turn often leads to finding new clients. Many of these associations require that members graduate from a nationally credentialed training program, have a state license, and/or be nationally certified by the FSMTB or NCBTMB.


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Sources:

  1. Massage Therapists, Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/massage-therapists.htm#tab-4
  2. Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards, https://www.fsmtb.org/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Massage Therapy Schools

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Massage Therapy Schools jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 150 $24,860
Mobile 40 $34,490
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 570 $80,870
Fairbanks 40 $94,700
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 3150 $37,310
Mesa 3150 $37,310
Phoenix 3150 $37,310
Tucson 520 $45,030
Flagstaff 70 $30,150
Prescott 70 $33,640
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hot Springs 40 $21,440
Conway N/A $41,180
Little Rock N/A $41,180
North Little Rock N/A $41,180
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 5380 $40,420
Los Angeles 5380 $40,420
Long Beach 5380 $40,420
Hayward 2470 $41,660
Oakland 2470 $41,660
San Francisco 2470 $41,660
San Diego 1470 $36,870
Carlsbad 1470 $36,870
Ontario 1460 $35,530
Riverside 1460 $35,530
San Bernardino 1460 $35,530
Arcade 940 $35,170
Sacramento 940 $35,170
Arden 940 $35,170
Roseville 940 $35,170
Santa Rosa 460 $55,440
Santa Clara 440 $52,490
San Jose 440 $52,490
Sunnyvale 440 $52,490
Napa 430 $43,570
Santa Barbara 300 $44,000
Santa Maria 300 $44,000
Salinas 190 $43,330
Thousand Oaks 110 $34,620
Ventura 110 $34,620
Oxnard 110 $34,620
Santa Cruz 90 $65,490
Watsonville 90 $65,490
Fresno 50 $31,540
Redding 40 $56,650
Chico N/A $27,950
Bakersfield N/A $33,360
Fairfield N/A $37,700
Vallejo N/A $37,700
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 3300 $40,540
Lakewood 3300 $40,540
Denver 3300 $40,540
Boulder 350 $54,060
Fort Collins 150 $44,070
Grand Junction 30 N/A
Greeley 30 $29,820
Colorado Springs N/A $46,390
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 430 $44,640
West Hartford 430 $44,640
Hartford 430 $44,640
New Haven N/A $24,040
Norwalk N/A $47,330
Stamford N/A $47,330
Bridgeport N/A $47,330
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 2710 $36,630
West Palm Beach 2710 $36,630
Miami 2710 $36,630
Sanford 1150 $36,740
Orlando 1150 $36,740
Kissimmee 1150 $36,740
Tampa 1120 $38,430
St. Petersburg 1120 $38,430
Clearwater 1120 $38,430
Jacksonville 590 $37,750
North Port 370 $40,570
Bradenton 370 $40,570
Sarasota 370 $40,570
Deltona 170 $34,630
Ormond Beach 170 $34,630
Daytona Beach 170 $34,630
Port St. Lucie 160 $46,320
Fort Myers 150 $38,680
Cape Coral 150 $38,680
Marco Island 150 $54,120
Naples 150 $54,120
Immokalee 150 $54,120
Gainesville 140 $56,570
Panama City 90 $32,530
Palm Bay 90 $34,270
Melbourne 90 $34,270
Titusville 90 $34,270
Ferry Pass 90 $42,700
Brent 90 $42,700
Pensacola 90 $42,700
Destin 60 $27,360
Fort Walton Beach 60 $27,360
Crestview 60 $27,360
Winter Haven N/A $26,550
Lakeland N/A $26,550
Sebastian N/A $30,590
Vero Beach N/A $30,590
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 1420 $25,860
Roswell 1420 $25,860
Sandy Springs 1420 $25,860
Brunswick 40 $30,260
Savannah N/A $32,530
Macon N/A $34,170
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 940 $33,180
Lahaina 180 $64,540
Wailuku 180 $64,540
Kahului 180 $64,540
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 120 $34,210
Idaho Falls 60 $37,690
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 70 N/A
Rockford 60 $45,250
Urbana N/A $19,240
Champaign N/A $19,240
Bloomington N/A $39,120
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 410 $32,090
Carmel 410 $32,090
Indianapolis 410 $32,090
Fort Wayne 140 $31,820
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 240 $36,350
Des Moines 240 $36,350
Dubuque 80 $26,460
Iowa City 40 $27,790
Cedar Rapids N/A $70,290
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 190 $23,480
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 220 $34,810
Lexington 220 $34,810
Bowling Green 50 $37,780
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 180 $29,210
New Orleans 180 $29,210
Lafayette 50 $25,010
Baton Rouge N/A $35,550
Bossier City N/A $42,360
Shreveport N/A $42,360
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 160 $35,740
Portland 160 $35,740
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1100 $43,900
Columbia 1100 $43,900
Baltimore 1100 $43,900
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsfield 70 $67,130
Barnstable Town 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1010 $43,770
Detroit 1010 $43,770
Warren 1010 $43,770
Grand Rapids 310 $55,530
Wyoming 310 $55,530
East Lansing 180 $54,190
Lansing 180 $54,190
Ann Arbor 140 $42,190
Portage 70 $50,210
Kalamazoo 70 $50,210
Flint 60 $36,430
Benton Harbor 40 $48,230
Niles 40 $48,230
Bay City 30 $22,340
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 50 $37,070
Rochester 50 $42,690
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 90 $18,080
Pascagoula 70 $21,040
Biloxi 70 $21,040
Gulfport 70 $21,040
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia N/A $18,500
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 60 $21,310
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1550 $19,870
Henderson 1550 $19,870
Las Vegas 1550 $19,870
Reno 100 $17,960
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 70 $51,680
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 390 $45,620
Hammonton 250 $26,810
Atlantic City 250 $26,810
Ocean City 70 $46,350
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 210 $19,500
Santa Fe 80 $27,690
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Troy 210 $25,780
Schenectady 210 $25,780
Albany 210 $25,780
Niagara Falls 100 $40,870
Cheektowaga 100 $40,870
Buffalo 100 $40,870
Rochester 100 $49,090
Syracuse 80 $66,940
Rome 70 $35,260
Utica 70 $35,260
Glens Falls 50 $50,460
Binghamton N/A $61,690
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 870 $36,350
Asheville 220 $55,480
Salem 140 $54,890
Winston 140 $54,890
High Point 110 $27,040
Greensboro 110 $27,040
Durham 90 $37,370
Chapel Hill 90 $37,370
Morganton 70 $36,520
Hickory 70 $36,520
Lenoir 70 $36,520
Wilmington 40 $56,900
New Bern N/A $32,530
Fayetteville N/A $35,370
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 630 $32,190
Elyria 280 $33,770
Cleveland 280 $33,770
Akron 160 $25,790
Dayton 120 $37,140
Toledo 100 $28,630
Canton N/A $29,620
Massillon N/A $29,620
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 290 $33,350
Tulsa N/A $28,650
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 240 $60,720
Redmond 110 $57,010
Bend 110 $57,010
Medford 80 $64,680
Salem 50 $35,320
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 330 $32,950
Lancaster 170 $43,570
Reading 130 $28,800
Scranton 120 $43,210
Barre 120 $43,210
Wilkes 120 $43,210
Hazleton 120 $43,210
Chambersburg 50 $35,100
Waynesboro 50 $35,100
Lebanon N/A $17,910
Hanover N/A $23,430
York N/A $23,430
Carlisle N/A $34,980
Harrisburg N/A $34,980
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 100 $18,860
Carolina 100 $18,860
San Juan 100 $18,860
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 260 $34,580
North Charleston 250 $23,140
Charleston 250 $23,140
Greenville 200 $30,870
Mauldin 200 $30,870
Anderson 200 $30,870
Spartanburg 50 $37,370
Bluffton N/A $34,720
Hilton Head Island N/A $34,720
Beaufort N/A $34,720
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rapid City N/A $37,360
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 600 $34,980
Franklin 600 $34,980
Davidson 600 $34,980
Nashville 600 $34,980
Knoxville 160 $36,100
Cleveland N/A $36,410
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1560 $35,200
The Woodlands 1560 $35,200
Houston 1560 $35,200
Dallas 1490 $33,460
Arlington 1490 $33,460
Fort Worth 1490 $33,460
Austin 980 $38,080
Round Rock 980 $38,080
San Antonio 480 $40,680
New Braunfels 480 $40,680
Mission 110 $28,620
Edinburg 110 $28,620
McAllen 110 $28,620
Lubbock 70 $29,960
Abilene 30 $35,890
Killeen 30 $50,000
Temple 30 $50,000
Corpus Christi N/A $42,380
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 640 $30,870
Clearfield 330 $34,800
Ogden 330 $34,800
Provo 110 $36,980
Orem 110 $36,980
St. George 60 $44,830
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 110 $60,980
Burlington 110 $60,980
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 420 $25,210
Charlottesville 50 $23,680
Harrisonburg N/A $31,450
Lynchburg N/A $85,470
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Seattle 2740 $54,110
Tacoma 2740 $54,110
Bellevue 2740 $54,110
Spokane 250 $51,600
Spokane Valley 250 $51,600
Tumwater 220 $59,410
Olympia 220 $59,410
Silverdale 150 $46,490
Bremerton 150 $46,490
Kennewick 130 $56,820
Richland 130 $56,820
Bellingham 120 $53,990
Wenatchee 50 $53,840
Yakima 30 $58,400
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 30 $40,140
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 540 $35,220
West Allis 540 $35,220
Milwaukee 540 $35,220
Appleton 250 $26,390
Madison 180 $47,330
Racine 90 $34,270
Eau Claire 50 $17,660
Wausau N/A $43,570

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Massage Therapy Schools

To find out more about building a career as Massage Therapists, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Personal Services 22,160 43% $32,480
Medical Office 14,070 27% $39,470
Hotel And Accomodation 6,810 13% $30,530
Amusement Gambling And Recreation 5,050 9% $35,740
Education 890 1% $44,990
Hospital 800 1% $40,870
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