Massage Therapist Salary
How Much Money Do Massage Therapists Make?
That is the all important question, after all, most people need to earn money. Unless you are independently wealthy, you need a realistic understanding of what an average massage therapist salary is like.
A massage therapist’s salary can be as low as $10,000 for part time workers, or in excess of $70,000. And you can even make six figure incomes if you open your own massage business. There are a number of issues that you have to take into account before you can give a more accurate prediction for your own circumstances.
The first thing that you need to remember is that the range for a massage therapist salary is very wide. This depends on a number of factors, including where you practice massage, what massage techniques you offer, your level of experience and qualification, and the part of the country where you are working.
Often, massage therapists do not work on a salaried basis, but an hourly one and this can be as little as $10, or as much as $90 an hour. However, if you work in an exclusive spa, then the hourly rate can be much more. And don't forget about tips or gratuities which can range from nothing to 30% of the price of the massage. A good tipping clientele can make a huge difference in your income. That is why it is extremely difficult to state what your massage therapy salary could be.
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You also need to consider how much of your massage therapy salary you actually get to take home. For example, if you work in a private practice, then you would need to deduct your taxes and expenses from your hourly rate before you can actually calculate your annual massage therapist salary. These expenses may include, but are not limited to: table rent, telephone calls, laundry, linens, oils, utilities, marketing, and advertising.
On the other hand, you may be working as an employee in a massage clinic. You do not have the expenses to consider, but the annual massage therapy salary will be lower to reflect this. It could be as low as $15 per massage.
Employees may also receive an additional hourly wage when they are working on other tasks, such as admin, and not performing a massage. For example, a massage therapist ’s salary under these circumstances would be calculated by the number of massages that they give, at the higher massage rate, plus the number of hours they were working on admin tasks, at the lower wage rate.
Although you may consider yourself to be a full-time massage therapist, working 40 hours a week, you are not actually going to be giving massages for the full forty hours. Apart from the fact that you would be absolutely exhausted if you did, you also need to spend time doing other duties. This is even more apparent if you are a self-employed massage therapist. The majority of massage therapists actually work part-time hours; up to around 25 a week. This is reflected in a lower massage therapist salary.
What about other benefits?
This, again, varies on the environment that you work in. You could work for a spa that provides you with health insurance, paid vacations, and even discount membership at the spa for you and your family, that would equate to a far larger massage therapist salary.
On the other hand, if you are self-employed, then you would have to pay for all of this out of the money that you make from your massages alone. This would mean that your actual massage therapist’s salary is much lower. This is why most people do not set up their own business until they have established themselves with a client base, and are in a financial position to be able to ‘go it alone’. You need to remember that it can take up to a year to build up enough clients to warrant starting your own business.
However, it isn't all about money! You do have a lot of benefits, apart from your basic massage therapy salary. I am talking about the enjoyment, and sense of satisfaction, that you will feel every time a client leaves happier than when they arrived for their appointment with you. You will be making a huge difference to people's quality of life. Whether you are treating a stressed out mother, an executive about to fly to an important meeting, an elderly woman with chronic arthritis pain, a client with excruciating back pain, or an NBA basketball superstar after a tough training session; your skill and expertise is going to provide them with the relief that they need.
At the end of the day, the actual monetary compensation, or annual massage therapy salary, that you will earn depends on so many different factors, but the one certainty is that you cannot put a figure on the effect that your skills will have on other people. It may not pay the rent, but it should certainly give you a lot of enjoyment from your work. There aren't many people who can say that their job always has a positive impact on other people.
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