How much do massage therapists make?The income potential for Licensed Massage Therapists (RMT, LMT) varies depending on the years of experience, the nature of employment and location.
The average salary for a typical Massage Therapist in the United States is around $43,000 according to salary.com. Keep in mind that this is an average where all range of massage therapists are included. There is no distinction between geographic locations, the experience of the massage therapist and the type of employment. In a spa environment there is potential for big tips, which sometimes don't count as salary.
Hourly rates for a massage session range from $40 to $110, depending on the region of the country, the experience of the therapist and the location in the city.
Depending on the type of your employment, you could be paid as little as $15 per hour as a beginner, or you could make as much as $110 as a self employed in great location in one of the big urban agglomerations. Of course as a self employed you have expenses to deduct but you will still make a great income.
There is a great income potential as a massage therapist, however if you got into massage just for the money and not because of a sincere desire to help other people, you will be unhappy.
On the other hand if you love what you do, you have good skills, and the determination to achieve success, you will be successful.
Remember, there is no typical salary for a massage therapist, the income can range from just scraping by to up to $200,000 per year.
According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, massage therapists earn an average of $42 an hour, (including tips). They charge an average of 60$ per hour of service with a billing range between $15 and $110.
Why such a big difference?First of all some massage therapists like this career because it gives the flexibility and their ultimate objective is not to make a lot of money.
As I mentioned before, the geographic location will determine how much can a massage practice or a therapist can charge for a session.
The practitioner's experience is a big factor. As a newly graduate expect lower income.