Massage Therapy in California

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Schools Offering Massage Therapy Programs in California


Each year, roughly 0.4% of California students graduate with certificates in massage therapy. Thus, California's 88 massage therapy schools put out approximately 3,282 massage therapists each year.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in California that has a massage therapy program is American Career College. American Career College, which was ranked 60th in the country in 2010, is located in Los Angeles. In 2010, American Career College graduated 73 students from its massage therapy program.

The second-ranked school in California with a massage therapy program is American Career College, which is located in Anaheim. In 2010, it was ranked 60th nationwide. In 2010, 67 students graduated from American Career College massage therapy program.

The third-ranked school in California with a massage therapy program is Institute for Business and Technology, which is located in Santa Clara. In 2010, it was ranked 63rd nationwide. In 2010, 3 students graduated from Institute for Business and Technology massage therapy program. Institute for Business and Technology charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.

Cost

Tuition at California's massage therapy schools ranges from $16,853 per year to $668 per year. But, the average tuition is $2,158 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at California massage therapy schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Everest College-Reseda - located in Reseda, students are charged $16,853 per year
  2. Everest College-Gardena - located in Gardena, students are charged $15,660 per year
  3. Everest College-Ontario - located in Ontario, students are charged $15,404 per year

The lowest tuition rates at California massage therapy schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. MiraCosta College - located in Oceanside, students are charged $668 per year
  2. Monterey Peninsula College - located in Monterey, students are charged $678 per year
  3. West Valley College - located in Saratoga, students are charged $700 per year

A massage therapy certificate from a California school... what next?

A large number of California massage therapy graduates become massage therapists. If you decide to work as a massage therapist in California, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 9,240 California massage therapists as of 2010. The California counties with the largest populations of massage therapists are:

  1. Los Angeles County - 1,670 massage therapists
  2. Marin County - 1,290 massage therapists
  3. San Diego County - 1,030 massage therapists

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 22,600 massage therapists will be working in California state. This would require the number of massage therapists to grow by 13%.

Salary

A massage therapist in California earns $38,910 per year on average. But, salaries for massage therapists can vary. In 2010, massage therapists made as little as less than $17,550 per year or as much as more than $106,600 per year in California. On average a massage therapist earns the most in the following California counties:

  1. Sonoma County - $58,400 per year
  2. Alameda County - $48,050 per year
  3. San Benito County - $46,040 per year

The following counties in California have the lowest average salaries for massage therapists:

  1. Solano County - $30,280 per year
  2. Shasta County - $33,090 per year
  3. Los Angeles County - $34,830 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in massage therapy in California and to compare salaries with various related fields such as hospitality or sports medicine, take a look at the graphs and charts below.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Massage Therapy in California
  • Bachelor's Degree in Massage Therapy in California
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy in California

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
7,807 miles from location Everest College-Santa Ana Santa Ana CA n/a n/a n/a
7,951 miles from location De Anza College Cupertino CA 24.9068 n/a 25,191
7,786 miles from location MiraCosta College Oceanside CA 17.1854 n/a 13,537
7,951 miles from location West Valley College Saratoga CA 18.357 n/a 12,893
7,961 miles from location Monterey Peninsula College Monterey CA 13.0473 n/a 9,578
7,822 miles from location United Education Institute-Huntington Park Campus Huntington Park CA 29.7483 72% 9,540
7,824 miles from location ICDC College Los Angeles CA 27.8274 n/a 2,892
7,821 miles from location Marinello School of Beauty Los Angeles CA 22.185 n/a 2,305
7,811 miles from location American Career College Anaheim CA 39.5711 100% 1,808
7,824 miles from location American Career College Los Angeles CA 40.4545 100% 1,764
7,769 miles from location Summit Career College Colton CA 24.5911 n/a 1,603
7,887 miles from location Carrington College California-Sacramento Sacramento CA 30.7306 77% 1,537
7,810 miles from location Everest College-City of Industry La Puente CA 32.6342 98% 1,310
7,826 miles from location Charter College Canyon Country CA 21.1219 n/a 1,269
7,769 miles from location Everest College-San Bernardino San Bernardino CA 32.0476 100% 1,267
7,782 miles from location Kaplan College-Vista Vista CA 28.6897 n/a 1,235
7,810 miles from location Everest College-Anaheim Anaheim CA 11.9981 100% 1,143
7,785 miles from location American Career College Ontario CA 36.673 100% 1,115
7,834 miles from location Everest College-Reseda Reseda CA 35.592 100% 1,090
7,784 miles from location Everest College-Ontario Ontario CA 29.6854 100% 1,038
7,939 miles from location Carrington College California-San Jose San Jose CA 31.6955 72% 1,016
7,827 miles from location Everest College-Gardena Gardena CA 27.4656 100% 962
7,770 miles from location Four-D College Colton CA 24.1494 n/a 956
7,805 miles from location Baldwin Park Adult & Community Education Baldwin Park CA 0.632715 n/a 948
7,946 miles from location Carrington College California-San Leandro San Leandro CA 29.9223 73% 893
7,839 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Bakersfield CA 21.5469 n/a 877
7,775 miles from location Kaplan College-Riverside Riverside CA 25.6138 n/a 846
7,880 miles from location Carrington College California-Citrus Heights Citrus Heights CA 32.5381 72% 815
7,804 miles from location University of Antelope Valley Lancaster CA 28.4996 n/a 792
7,815 miles from location Advance Beauty College Garden Grove CA 28.3437 n/a 790
7,816 miles from location Everest College-Alhambra Alhambra CA 31.0435 100% 737
7,839 miles from location Santa Barbara Business College Bakersfield CA 20.3916 100% 737
7,830 miles from location Everest College-West Los Angeles Los Angeles CA 27.9148 87% 729
7,809 miles from location Career Networks Institute Orange CA 27.0637 n/a 712
7,946 miles from location Institute for Business and Technology Santa Clara CA 37.426 100% 691
7,947 miles from location Everest College-San Jose San Jose CA 34.3281 100% 672
7,784 miles from location Concorde Career Colleges San Diego CA 36.6856 100% 666
7,946 miles from location Marinello Schools of Beauty Santa Clara CA 29.7402 n/a 654
7,884 miles from location Anthem College-Sacramento Sacramento CA 26.5612 n/a 652
7,731 miles from location Kaplan College-Palm Springs Palm Springs CA 25.0295 n/a 643
7,804 miles from location Career Care Institute Lancaster CA 25.2869 n/a 637
7,958 miles from location Everest College-San Francisco San Francisco CA 26.4585 100% 627
7,937 miles from location Carrington College California-Pleasant Hill Pleasant Hill CA 33.2966 77% 615
7,824 miles from location Everest College-LA Wilshire Los Angeles CA 30.8168 100% 608
7,945 miles from location Everest College-Hayward Hayward CA 24.6402 100% 606
7,922 miles from location Carrington College California-Antioch Antioch CA 31.8615 80% 586
7,898 miles from location Carrington College California-Stockton Stockton CA 31.1781 64% 566
7,893 miles from location San Joaquin Valley College-Modesto Campus Salida CA 25.7472 n/a 525
7,786 miles from location Pacific College of Oriental Medicine San Diego CA 26.3684 n/a 507
7,843 miles from location Milan Institute Clovis CA 21.789 n/a 460
7,871 miles from location Santa Barbara Business College Ventura CA 16.6435 100% 442
7,879 miles from location Bryan College Rancho Cordova CA 28.3028 100% 436
7,759 miles from location Marinello Schools of Beauty Hemet CA 26.7569 n/a 428
7,776 miles from location Academy of Hair Design-Poway Poway CA 25.7912 n/a 391
7,951 miles from location Carrington College California-Emeryville Emeryville CA 25.642 77% 353
7,959 miles from location Marinello Schools of Beauty San Francisco CA 29.4461 n/a 340
7,832 miles from location Milan Institute Visalia CA 21.8949 n/a 323
7,817 miles from location National Polytechnic College Los Angeles CA 31.4089 100% 310
7,922 miles from location Santa Barbara Business College Santa Maria CA 27.5213 100% 293
7,809 miles from location Pacific College Costa Mesa CA 27.6537 n/a 292
7,784 miles from location International Professional School of Bodywork San Diego CA n/a n/a 287
7,830 miles from location Everest College-Torrance Torrance CA 29.895 100% 272
7,717 miles from location Milan Institute Indio CA 22.6306 n/a 269
7,817 miles from location Fremont College Cerritos CA 30.5328 65% 266
7,822 miles from location Glendale Career College Glendale CA 32.2306 n/a 262
0 miles from location Federico Beauty Institute Sacramento CA 31.2786 n/a 243
7,812 miles from location Coastline Beauty College Fountain Valley CA 36.0534 n/a 242
7,785 miles from location Mueller College San Diego CA 32.0883 87% 239
7,820 miles from location Advanced College South Gate CA 27.7997 n/a 207
7,951 miles from location National Holistic Institute Emeryville CA 25.1411 n/a 187
7,928 miles from location Milan Institute of Cosmetology Fairfield CA 5.43559 n/a 175
7,805 miles from location North-West College-West Covina West Covina CA 34.7522 100% 162
7,773 miles from location Intercoast Colleges Riverside CA 19.6938 n/a 157
7,804 miles from location Hair California Beauty Academy Orange CA 26.487 n/a 155
7,848 miles from location Galen College of Medical and Dental Assistants Fresno CA 14.7129 n/a 130
7,834 miles from location California Healing Arts College Los Angeles CA 19.8092 n/a 120
7,827 miles from location Intercoast Colleges Carson CA 20.8817 n/a 118
7,805 miles from location Intercoast Colleges West Covina CA 23.2576 n/a 97
7,726 miles from location International School of Beauty Inc Palm Desert CA 26.4903 n/a 93
7,794 miles from location North-West College-Pomona Pomona CA 34.1666 100% 78
7,810 miles from location David's Academy of Beauty Temple City CA 33.8379 n/a 66
7,823 miles from location Intercoast Colleges Burbank CA 22.487 n/a 65
7,794 miles from location Thuy Princess Beauty College Pomona CA 36.4194 n/a 57
7,814 miles from location North-West College-Pasadena Pasadena CA 34.1192 100% 56
7,775 miles from location Healing Hands School of Holistic Health Escondido CA n/a n/a 42
7,830 miles from location National Career College Van Nuys CA n/a n/a 37
7,807 miles from location American Institute of Massage Therapy Santa Ana CA 36.1994 n/a 37
7,837 miles from location Milan Institute Bakersfield CA n/a n/a 36
 

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
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Massage Therapists + 9,240 $38,910 25.4%
 

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