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Massage Therapy in Virginia

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Schools Offering Massage Therapy Programs in Virginia

Approximately 0.3% of graduates in of Virginia receive massage therapy certificates every year. In other words, every year an estimated 581 massage therapists graduate from Virginia's 21 massage therapy schools.

Top Schools

The top-ranked school in Virginia with a massage therapy program is Avi Career Training, which is located in Great Falls. In 2010, it was ranked 63rd nationwide. In 2010, Avi Career Training graduated no students from its massage therapy program.

The second-ranked school in Virginia that has a massage therapy program is Fortis College. Fortis College, which was ranked 66th in the country in 2010, is located in Richmond. 32 students graduated with certificate in massage therapy from Fortis College in 2010.

Everest College-Chesapeake, which was ranked 66th nationwide in 2010, is the third-ranked school in Virginia that has a massage therapy program. It is located in Chesapeake. In 2010, 50 students graduated from Everest College-Chesapeake massage therapy program. Tuition at Everest College-Chesapeake was $11,484 per year.


Massage therapy schools in Virginia, charge students an average tuition of $10,154 per year. But, tuition can be as much as $27,147 per year, or as little as $2,842 per year. The Virginia massage therapy schools with the highest tuition rates in 2010 were:

  1. Centura College - located in Virginia Beach, students are charged $27,147 per year
  2. Centura College - located in Newport News, students are charged $27,147 per year
  3. Centura College - located in Richmond, students are charged $27,127 per year

The following Virginia massage therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Dabney S Lancaster Community College - located in Clifton Forge, students are charged $2,842 per year
  2. Patrick Henry Community College - located in Martinsville, students are charged $3,280 per year
  3. Everest College-Newport News - located in Newport News, students are charged $11,160 per year

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

A large number of Virginia massage therapy graduates become massage therapists. In 2010, there were 1,630 massage therapists working in Virginia. In Virginia, the largest numbers of massage therapists work in the following counties:

  1. Chesapeake County - 230 massage therapists
  2. Alleghany County - 80 massage therapists
  3. Albemarle County - 70 massage therapists

Projected Growth

According the US Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of massage therapists is expected to grow by 13% by 2018. There are projected to be 2,660 massage therapists working in the Virginia then.


On average, massage therapists earn $46,830 per year. However, Virginia massage therapists earned anywhere in the range from as less than $18,390 per year to more than $66,690 per year in 2010. A massage therapist in the following Virginia counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Alleghany County - $43,900 per year
  2. Chesapeake County - $41,240 per year
  3. Albemarle County - $39,170 per year

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

  1. Caroline County - $24,110 per year
  2. Harrisonburg County - $34,520 per year
  3. Albemarle County - $39,170 per year

More Information

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

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Massage Therapists 1,630 $46,830 196.4%

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