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Massage Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Schools Offering Massage Therapy Programs in Pennsylvania

Each year, approximately 0.4% of Pennsylvania graduates receive certificates in massage therapy. That means an estimated 1,451 massage therapists graduate from Pennsylvania's 29 massage therapy schools each year.

Top Schools

Penn Commercial Business/Technical School, which was ranked 63rd nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Washington. 12 students graduated with a certificate in massage therapy from Penn Commercial Business/Technical School in 2010. Tuition at Penn Commercial Business/Technical School was $20,600 per year.

Great Lakes Institute of Technology, which was ranked 65th nationwide in 2010, is the second-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Erie. In 2010, Great Lakes Institute of Technology graduated 13 students from its massage therapy program.

South Hills Beauty Academy Inc, which was ranked 65th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Pennsylvania that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Pittsburgh. South Hills Beauty Academy Inc charged in-state students $0 in tuition fees per year.


If you choose to attend a Pennsylvania massage therapy school, average tuition will be $5,621 per year. However, tuition at your particular institution may range from $2,720 per year to $23,644 per year. In 2010, the following Pennsylvania massage therapy schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Sanford-Brown Institute - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $23,644 per year
  2. Penn Commercial Business/Technical School - located in Washington, students are charged $20,600 per year
  3. Sanford-Brown Institute - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $20,533 per year

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

  1. Community College of Allegheny County - located in Pittsburgh, students are charged $2,720 per year
  2. Butler County Community College - located in Butler, students are charged $3,120 per year
  3. Laurel Business Institute - located in Uniontown, students are charged $8,715 per year

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

A large number of Pennsylvania massage therapy graduates become massage therapists. If you decide to work as a massage therapist in Pennsylvania, you will be joining the ranks of approximately 1,400 Pennsylvania massage therapists as of 2010. The Pennsylvania counties with the largest populations of massage therapists are:

  1. Bucks County - 590 massage therapists
  2. Adams County - 90 massage therapists
  3. Lackawanna County - 90 massage therapists

Projected Growth

The government projects that by 2018, the number of massage therapists in the state of Pennsylvania will grow to 2,800. This would require a 15% growth in the profession.


On average, a massage therapist earns a salary of $45,640 per year in Pennsylvania state. However, Pennsylvania massage therapists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $16,140 per year to more than $103,420 per year in 2010. The counties in Pennsylvania with the highest average salary for a massage therapist are:

  1. York County - $64,630 per year
  2. Centre County - $51,400 per year
  3. Berks County - $48,290 per year

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

  1. Adams County - $29,100 per year
  2. Bradford County - $29,470 per year
  3. Lancaster County - $32,300 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional Pennsylvania statistics regarding a career in massage therapy. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as hospitality or sports medicine.

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

  • Associate's Degree in Massage Therapy in Pennsylvania
  • Certificate in Massage Therapy in Pennsylvania

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Massage Therapists 1,400 $45,640 55.6%

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