How much does a massage therapist make?
NEW YORK — A massage therapist makes an average of $130,000 a year.
But how much is a masseuse earning?
The average salary for massage therapists across the country is $129,400.
That’s according to a new report from the Associated Press, which looked at salary data for more than 1,200 massage therapists and massage therapist assistants in the U.S.
The AP’s salary data, which is based on an average salary across the nation, is based primarily on the median annual salary, which was calculated by looking at how much a person making the median salary would earn over the next four years.
It’s a better measure of a massage’s value than a single-digit amount because it accounts for the fact that people working in massage therapy are typically paid higher than their colleagues in other fields, the AP found.
Salary data shows that massage therapists tend to earn more than their counterparts in other professions, such as audiology, pharmacy and medicine.
The AP found that among massage therapists, the median hourly pay was $8.80, compared to $8 per hour in other occupations.
In some cases, a massage therapy job may require less than other occupations, but a massage-related career is still highly rewarding.
The average hourly wage for massage therapy assistants across the U, however, was $11.83.
The average for massage therapist assistant salaries across the United States was $20.79, according to the AP.
Salaries vary widely by state.
In Florida, the average annual salary was $109,000.
It was $25,000 higher than the national average, according the AP, while in North Dakota, it was $24,000 lower.