Massage Therapy in Illinois

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Schools Offering Massage Therapy Programs in Illinois

Each year, roughly 0.4% of Illinois students graduate with certificates in massage therapy. That means an estimated 1,338 massage therapists graduate from Illinois' 42 massage therapy schools each year.

Top Schools

La James International College, which was ranked 66th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Illinois that has a massage therapy program. It is located in East Moline. In 2010, no students graduated from La James International College's massage therapy program.

The second-ranked school in Illinois with a massage therapy program is Alvareitas College of Cosmetology, which is located in Godfrey. In 2010, it was ranked 68th nationwide. 8 students graduated with certificate in massage therapy from Alvareitas College of Cosmetology in 2010.

Everest College-Burr Ridge, which was ranked 68th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Illinois that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Hinsdale. 53 students graduated with certificate in massage therapy from Everest College-Burr Ridge in 2010. Students at Everest College-Burr Ridge paid $0 per year in tuition fees.


If you choose to attend a Illinois massage therapy school, average tuition will be $3,814 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,352 per year to $20,980 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at Illinois massage therapy schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Northwestern College - located in Chicago, students are charged $20,980 per year
  2. Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus - located in Bridgeview, students are charged $20,900 per year
  3. Sanford-Brown College - located in Collinsville, students are charged $16,321 per year

The massage therapy schools in Illinois that charged the lowest tuition rates were:

  1. Waubonsee Community College - located in Sugar Grove, students are charged $2,352 per year
  2. Illinois Valley Community College - located in Oglesby, students are charged $2,434 per year
  3. John A Logan College - located in Carterville, students are charged $2,520 per year

A massage therapy certificate from an Illinois school... what next?

A large number of Illinois massage therapy graduates become massage therapists. 2,720 massage therapists were working in Illinois in 2010. The largest populations of Illinois massage therapists are working in the following counties:

  1. Cook County - 1,810 massage therapists
  2. Lake County - 220 massage therapists
  3. Marshall County - 40 massage therapists

Projected Growth

The government projects that the number of massage therapists in Illinois will grow by 21%. By 2018, there will be an estimated 5,800 massage therapists working in Illinois.


On average, a massage therapist earns a salary of $35,260 per year in Illinois state. However, this number is only an average. massage therapists in Illinois had varying salaries from $16,620 to $72,660 per year in 2010. On average a massage therapist earns the most in the following Illinois counties:

  1. Menard County - $40,690 per year
  2. Lake County - $39,940 per year
  3. Marshall County - $38,920 per year

A massage therapist in the following counties in Illinois make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Bureau County - $25,010 per year
  2. Boone County - $29,000 per year
  3. Cook County - $35,510 per year

More Information

For more data regarding a career in massage therapy in Illinois 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 Illinois
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy in Illinois

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
6,121 miles from location Universal Spa Training Academy Downers Grove IL n/a n/a n/a
6,201 miles from location Midwest Technical Institute East Peoria IL n/a n/a n/a
6,125 miles from location College of DuPage Glen Ellyn IL 13.8242 n/a 27,083
6,123 miles from location College of Lake County Grayslake IL 13.4699 n/a 18,092
6,113 miles from location Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills IL 13.4837 n/a 17,774
6,221 miles from location Southwestern Illinois College Belleville IL 13.7244 n/a 14,440
6,200 miles from location Illinois Central College Peoria IL 15.7341 n/a 13,049
6,146 miles from location Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove IL 14.036 n/a 10,532
6,134 miles from location Parkland College Champaign IL 15.5147 n/a 9,633
6,175 miles from location John A Logan College Carterville IL 13.1135 n/a 8,568
6,235 miles from location Lewis and Clark Community College Godfrey IL 11.0347 n/a 8,179
6,138 miles from location Lake Land College Mattoon IL 14.784 n/a 7,945
6,102 miles from location South Suburban College South Holland IL 10.1002 n/a 7,279
6,248 miles from location Black Hawk College Moline IL 12.4029 n/a 6,267
6,165 miles from location Rend Lake College Ina IL 19.4494 n/a 5,871
6,181 miles from location Kaskaskia College Centralia IL 17.5689 n/a 5,337
6,110 miles from location Morton College Cicero IL 12.3642 n/a 5,290
6,167 miles from location Kishwaukee College Malta IL 13.1722 n/a 4,735
6,178 miles from location Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby IL 16.1917 n/a 4,529
6,139 miles from location Southeastern Illinois College Harrisburg IL 13.8934 n/a 2,941
6,174 miles from location Shawnee Community College Ullin IL 14.0648 n/a 2,834
6,244 miles from location Carl Sandburg College Galesburg IL 14.1935 n/a 2,661
6,103 miles from location Everest College-Chicago Chicago IL 24.5088 100% 1,995
6,122 miles from location Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney IL 14.4703 n/a 1,627
6,106 miles from location Everest College-Merrionette Park Alsip IL 24.718 100% 1,522
6,178 miles from location Rasmussen College-Illinois Rockford IL 11.0663 n/a 1,353
6,111 miles from location Northwestern College-Southwestern Campus Bridgeview IL 18.6599 74% 1,195
6,110 miles from location Everest College-Skokie Skokie IL 27.5125 100% 1,176
6,110 miles from location Northwestern College Chicago IL 14.8452 88% 935
6,203 miles from location Midwest Technical Institute Springfield IL 20.1596 n/a 903
6,117 miles from location Everest College-Burr Ridge Hinsdale IL 28.3116 100% 865
6,122 miles from location National University of Health Sciences Lombard IL 2.25825 n/a 787
6,175 miles from location Rockford Career College Rockford IL 19.2314 n/a 752
6,103 miles from location Cortiva Institute-Chicago Chicago IL 1.93557 n/a 674
6,226 miles from location Sanford-Brown College Collinsville IL 18.1205 n/a 612
6,103 miles from location Soma Institute-The National School of Clinical Massage Therapy Chicago IL 0.972686 n/a 378
6,209 miles from location University of Spa & Cosmetology Arts Springfield IL 23.0458 n/a 223
6,104 miles from location Pacific College of Oriental Medicine Chicago IL 2.66998 n/a 214
6,109 miles from location European Massage Therapy School Skokie IL 0.624194 n/a 68
6,235 miles from location Alvareitas College of Cosmetology Godfrey IL 32.1675 n/a 36
6,248 miles from location La James International College East Moline IL 33.6106 n/a 36
6,120 miles from location SOLEX Medical Academy Wheeling IL 2.59977 n/a 23

Curious what studying Massage Therapy gets you?

Check out the different options and how they're looking in Illinois

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Massage Therapists + 2,720 $35,260 43.9%

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