Massage Therapists



Massage therapy is a broad term referring to a number of health-related practices, including Swedish massage, sports massage, Rolfing, Shiatsu and acupressure, trigger point therapy, and reflexology. Although the techniques, or modalities, vary, most massage therapists (or masso-therapists) press and rub the skin and muscles. Relaxed muscles, improved blood circulation and joint mobility, reduced stress and anxiety, and decreased recovery time for sprains and injured muscles are just a few of the potential benefits of massa...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

High School Diploma



Clinical training



Coaching/Physical Training


Personality Traits

Hands On


The earnings of massage therapists vary greatly with the level of experience and location of practice. Therapists in New York and California, for example, typically charge higher rates than those in other parts of the country. Some entry-level massage therapists earn as little as minimum wage (ending up with a yearly income of around $20,800). Hourly earnings are much higher for experienced the...

Work Environment

Massage therapists work in clean, comfortable settings. Because a relaxed environment is essential, the massage room may be dim, and soft music, scents, and oils are often used. Since massage therapists may see a number of people per day, it is important to maintain a hygienic working area. This involves changing sheets on the massage table after each client, as well as cleaning and sterilizing...


Employment for massage therapists is expected to grow by 22 percent, much faster than the average for all careers, through 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The growing acceptance of massage therapy as an important health care discipline has led to the creation of additional jobs for massage therapists in many sectors. More states are adopting licensing requirements and standards...