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How will your massage therapy education stack up?

Here is some information to help you compare your massage therapy education with massage therapy education around the nation. There are 757 traditional massage therapy schools in the US.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had massage therapy programs were:

  1. The University of Findlay - located in Findlay, Ohio
  2. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska
  3. Keiser Career College-Jacksonville - located in Jacksonville, Florida

Student Demographics

In the US, 25,579 students graduated from massage therapy programs in 2010. Of these students, 22,786 graduated from certificate programs in massage therapy and 2,793 graduated from undergraduate programs in massage therapy.


Students can pursue education in massage therapy at the following levels:

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

The skills and/or knowledge that massage therapy students can expect to gain during the course of their massage therapy education are:

  • Active Listening
  • Observation
  • Ethics
  • Physiology
  • Nutrition


On average in 2010, massage therapy schools in the US charged $15,255 in tuition per year. The following massage therapy schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. The University of Findlay - located in Findlay, Ohio, students paid $25,774
  2. American Institute of Alternative Medicine - located in Columbus, Ohio, students paid $11,835
  3. Penn Commercial Business/Technical School - located in Washington, Pennsylvania, students paid $20,000

The following massage therapy schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Alaska Anchorage - located in Anchorage, Alaska, students paid $4,910
  2. Acupuncture and Massage College - located in Miami, Florida, students paid $10,465
  3. Myotherapy Institute - located in Lincoln, Nebraska, students paid $12,000

How will your massage therapy job compare?

A large number of massage therapy majors work as massage therapists after graduation. In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there were 60,040 massage therapists working in the US. The following states have the largest number of massage therapists:

  1. California - 9,240 Massage Therapists
  2. Florida - 4,970 Massage Therapists
  3. Texas - 4,340 Massage Therapists

Projected Growth

The projected growth for massage therapists is expected to be the fastest in the following states:

  1. Indiana - 36%
  2. Georgia - 35%
  3. Washington State - 31%


Massage therapists in the US can make an average of $39,887 per year. However, the salary for a massage therapist can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, your exact job description or shift differentials. Approximately 10 percent of massage therapists earn less than $15,300 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $127,470 per year. Massage therapists in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Alaska - $86,250 per year
  2. Delaware - $57,830 per year
  3. Washington State - $54,770 per year

The following states have the lowest average salaries for massage therapists:

  1. Nevada - $25,680 per year
  2. Alabama - $26,400 per year
  3. Mississippi - $27,750 per year

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massage therapy?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Massage Therapists 60,040 $39,770 59.4%