Massage therapists

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2019 Workforce
141k
Average Age
42.3
Estimated Job Growth
20.6%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$27,294
Average Male Salary
$34,168
Average Female Salary
$25,636

About

Massage therapists are most often employed by the Nail salons & other personal care services industry. The average yearly wage for Massage therapists was $27,294 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Massage therapists by wage are Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers, Helpersinstallation, maintenance, & repair workers , and Skincare specialists.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Massage therapists are Paradise (South) & Enterprise PUMA, NV, Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo & Laguna Hills Cities PUMA, CA, and Santa Fe County PUMA, NM. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Massage therapists are Santa Fe County PUMA, NM, Paradise (South) & Enterprise PUMA, NV, and Newport Beach, Aliso Viejo & Laguna Hills Cities PUMA, CA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Massage therapists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Nail salons & other personal care services is the industry that employs the most Massage therapists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Massage therapists, by average wage, is Traveler accommodation. Massage therapists are paid most in Spring Valley & Summerlin South PUMA, NV but are relatively concentrated in Santa Fe County PUMA, NM.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$27,294
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,713

In 2019, Massage therapists earned an average of $27,294, $28,230 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Skincare specialists make somewhat more than Massage therapists while Tailors, dressmakers, & sewers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Massage therapists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.356
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Massage therapists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.356, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Massage therapists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Massage therapists.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Massage therapists.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Massage therapists, by number of employees, are Nail salons & other personal care services, Amusement & Recreation, and Offices of chiropractors.

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Industries by Share

141k
2019 Workforce
± 9,209
−1.45%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 9.35%

The number of people employed as Massage therapists has been declining at a rate of −1.45%, from 142,893 people in 2018 to 140,821 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Massage therapists employed by various industries. Nail salons & other personal care services employs the largest share of Massage therapists at  64.4%, followed by Amusement & Recreation with 11% and Offices of chiropractors with 5.91%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Massage therapists in the US. The average age of male Massage therapists in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Massage therapists is 42.2, and the most common race/ethnicity for Massage therapists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

27.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,061
113k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 8,266

80.6% of Massage therapists are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Massage therapists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Massage therapists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Asian (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

64.7% of Massage therapists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.1% of Massage therapists, Asian (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Massage therapists.

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Age by Gender

42.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.86
42.2
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.953

The median age of Massage therapists is 42.3, and Male employees are generally 0.198 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Massage therapists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Massage therapists is Health but a relatively high number of Massage therapists hold a major in Visual & Performing Arts.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Massage therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Massage therapists need many skills, but most especially Speaking, Active Listening, and Social Perceptiveness. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Massage therapists need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Social Perceptiveness, and Speaking.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Massage Therapists from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Massage Therapists are expected to see a growth of 20.6% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow more than the national average.

Job Growth

20.6%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Massage Therapists. This profession is expected to grow more than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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