Massage Therapy in North Carolina

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Schools Offering Massage Therapy Programs in North Carolina

Each year, approximately 0.3% of North Carolina graduates receive certificates in massage therapy. That means an estimated 755 massage therapists graduate from North Carolina's 20 massage therapy schools each year.

Top Schools

Southeastern Institute-Charlotte, which was ranked 67th nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in North Carolina that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Charlotte. 403 students graduated with a certificate in massage therapy from Southeastern Institute-Charlotte in 2010.

Southeastern Community College, which is located in Whiteville, is the second-ranked school in North Carolina that has a massage therapy program. It received a ranking of 71st in the country in 2010. 10 students graduated with certificate in massage therapy from Southeastern Community College in 2010. Students at Southeastern Community College paid $1,455 per year in tuition fees.

The third-ranked school in North Carolina with a massage therapy program is The Medical Arts School, which is located in Raleigh. In 2010, it was ranked 74th nationwide. 61 students graduated with certificate in massage therapy from The Medical Arts School in 2010. Students at The Medical Arts School paid $0 per year in tuition fees.


Massage therapy schools in North Carolina, charge students an average tuition of $3,100 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $14,508 per year, or as little as $1,455 per year. The North Carolina massage therapy schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Miller-Motte College-Wilmington - located in Wilmington, students are charged $14,508 per year
  2. Miller-Motte College-Greenville - located in Greenville, students are charged $13,931 per year
  3. Miller-Motte College-Cary - located in Cary, students are charged $10,597 per year

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

  1. Southeastern Community College - located in Whiteville, students are charged $1,455 per year
  2. Davidson County Community College - located in Thomasville, students are charged $1,466 per year
  3. Forsyth Technical Community College - located in Winston Salem, students are charged $1,524 per year

A massage therapy certificate from a North Carolina school... what next?

A large number of North Carolina massage therapy graduates become massage therapists. If you decide to work as a massage therapist in North Carolina, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,760 North Carolina massage therapists as of 2010. The following counties have the largest number of North Carolina massage therapists:

  1. Anson County - 460 massage therapists
  2. Buncombe County - 220 massage therapists
  3. Chatham County - 110 massage therapists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of massage therapists is expected to grow by 15% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,980 massage therapists working in the North Carolina then.


A massage therapist in North Carolina makes an average of $42,990 per year. In 2010, however, some North Carolina massage therapists earned as little as less than $15,890 per year or as much as more than $77,860 per year. A massage therapist in the following North Carolina counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Alleghany County - $52,190 per year
  2. Davie County - $48,350 per year
  3. Franklin County - $46,030 per year

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

  1. Caswell County - $31,180 per year
  2. Bladen County - $35,380 per year
  3. Buncombe County - $38,210 per year

More Information

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

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Distance School City State Rating Acceptance Rate Student Population
5,591 miles from location Wake Technical Community College Raleigh NC 13.3667 n/a 15,203
5,682 miles from location Forsyth Technical Community College Winston Salem NC 11.5297 n/a 9,144
5,807 miles from location Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College Asheville NC 14.0717 n/a 7,542
5,518 miles from location Pitt Community College Winterville NC 9.95751 n/a 7,512
5,728 miles from location Gaston College Dallas NC 12.3294 n/a 6,507
5,569 miles from location Johnston Community College Smithfield NC 15.2704 n/a 4,446
5,627 miles from location Sandhills Community College Pinehurst NC 10.9464 n/a 4,266
5,675 miles from location Davidson County Community College Thomasville NC 19.4862 n/a 4,101
5,525 miles from location Lenoir Community College Kinston NC 8.18783 n/a 3,561
5,669 miles from location South Piedmont Community College Polkton NC 12.0175 n/a 2,736
5,843 miles from location Southwestern Community College Sylva NC 8.88496 n/a 2,698
5,586 miles from location Southeastern Community College Whiteville NC 29.1421 n/a 2,393
5,474 miles from location Carteret Community College Morehead City NC 9.34196 n/a 1,872
5,534 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Wilmington Wilmington NC 21.1637 76% 995
5,594 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Cary Cary NC 22.8054 100% 622
5,711 miles from location Southeastern Institute-Charlotte Charlotte NC 33.0258 100% 333
5,518 miles from location Miller-Motte College-Greenville Greenville NC n/a n/a 295
5,585 miles from location The Medical Arts School Raleigh NC 25.8468 n/a 92
5,805 miles from location Center for Massage & Natural Health Weaverville NC n/a n/a 27
5,534 miles from location College of Wilmington Wilmington NC 22.0884 n/a 21

Curious what studying Massage Therapy gets you?

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

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Massage Therapists + 1,760 $42,990 214.3%

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