Have you envisioned yourself working alongside physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other health professionals? How about providing your massage therapy services to elite athletes and sports teams? Have you dreamed of traveling to exotic locations and working at exclusive spas?
Perhaps you have benefited from a relaxation or therapeutic massage, or have seen a family member or friend benefit. Maybe it looks like fun, and you like the idea of a high paying career. Or, maybe you are a nurturing soul who wants to help others.
You can do all of this and more with a career in Massage Therapy. It's an interesting and exciting profession, where you have the opportunity to meet a wonderful variety of people, whether you work in a local small town, or go as far as Thailand to work in a spa. If you are willing to work at it, it can be a profession that can change your life.
Why a career in massage?
"Massage Therapist" is the No. 8 health care career on the "50 Best Jobs for 2012" list recently published by U.S. News & World Report. "An increasing number of spas and massage clinics in recent years underscores a growing demand for massage services," said the report's authors. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects massage therapist employment growth of 20.1 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding 30,900 more professionals to the 153,700 jobs currently in this field."
"What is the typical massage therapy salary?" It is a very common, and sensible, question.
Most massage therapists are paid salary, commission, hourly fees and gratuities or a combination of those. On average you should expect to make $25- $35 per hour of bodywork, plus gratuities.
Full time - If you average 30 bodywork hours per week and work 50 weeks out of the year your gross income would be $ 37,500 - 52,500 plus gratuities.
Part time - If you average 15 bodywork hours per week and work 50 weeks out of the year your gross income would be $18,750 - 26,250 plus gratuities.
"The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $69,000, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $17,970," quoting the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Your local market data likely differs from these statistics. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors will impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.
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