Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

31-9011 Massage Therapists

Perform therapeutic massages of soft tissues and joints. May assist in the assessment of range of motion and muscle strength, or propose client therapy plans.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
63,810 2.8 % $19.19 $39,920 1.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.80 $11.93 $17.23 $24.38 $33.21
Annual Wage (2) $18,300 $24,810 $35,830 $50,710 $69,070


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 28,670 4.71 $18.34 $38,150
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 19,230 2.79 $20.71 $43,070
Traveler Accommodation 6,870 0.40 $17.32 $36,030
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,820 0.36 $19.51 $40,590
Offices of Physicians 1,620 0.07 $20.73 $43,120

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Personal Care Services 28,670 4.71 $18.34 $38,150
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 19,230 2.79 $20.71 $43,070
Traveler Accommodation 6,870 0.40 $17.32 $36,030
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,820 0.36 $19.51 $40,590
Other Personal Services 170 0.07 $15.47 $32,180

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Ambulatory Health Care Services 120 0.05 $28.19 $58,640
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 40 0.02 $27.07 $56,310
Nursing Care Facilities 70 (7) $24.39 $50,720
Other Schools and Instruction 140 0.04 $23.37 $48,610
Outpatient Care Centers 90 0.01 $23.20 $48,260


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 9,670 0.69 1.38 $18.34 $38,140
Florida 5,390 0.75 1.51 $17.79 $37,010
Texas 4,490 0.44 0.88 $17.90 $37,230
Washington 3,030 1.11 2.24 $26.02 $54,110
Illinois 2,620 0.47 0.95 $17.09 $35,540




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 760 1.31 2.64 $17.71 $36,840
Nevada 1,360 1.22 2.46 $12.96 $26,950
Washington 3,030 1.11 2.24 $26.02 $54,110
Colorado 2,220 1.02 2.05 $20.59 $42,830
Oregon 1,560 0.98 1.98 $24.09 $50,110




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 260 0.82 1.65 $41.47 $86,260
Delaware 50 0.12 0.24 $29.27 $60,880
Vermont 210 0.71 1.43 $29.19 $60,700
Washington 3,030 1.11 2.24 $26.02 $54,110
New York 2,110 0.25 0.50 $25.62 $53,300





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.56 1.12 $18.46 $38,390
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,860 0.84 1.68 $20.53 $42,700
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 1,840 0.51 1.03 $17.40 $36,190
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,590 0.94 1.88 $18.37 $38,210
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,580 0.92 1.85 $18.69 $38,880
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 1,490 1.09 2.18 $26.99 $56,140
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 1,330 1.36 2.73 $22.90 $47,620
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 1,320 1.07 2.14 $16.36 $34,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,300 0.26 0.52 $26.05 $54,190
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,280 1.33 2.67 $18.87 $39,240




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Napa, CA 290 4.73 9.51 $15.56 $32,360
Olympia, WA 270 2.82 5.66 $26.70 $55,530
Naples-Marco Island, FL 220 1.98 3.98 $18.31 $38,080
Hot Springs, AR 60 1.77 3.56 $15.85 $32,960
Spokane, WA 300 1.54 3.09 $25.84 $53,740
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach, FL Metropolitan Division 740 1.50 3.01 $16.50 $34,320
St. George, UT 70 1.49 3.00 $18.71 $38,910
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,180 1.47 2.95 $12.90 $26,820
Asheville, NC 240 1.42 2.85 $18.33 $38,120
Boulder, CO 220 1.41 2.84 $29.30 $60,940




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK 170 1.04 2.09 $41.50 $86,320
Corvallis, OR 40 1.34 2.69 $38.40 $79,870
York-Hanover, PA (8) (8) (8) $36.99 $76,930
Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA 30 0.74 1.50 $30.85 $64,170
Holland-Grand Haven, MI 70 0.68 1.36 $30.71 $63,870
Eugene-Springfield, OR 140 1.03 2.07 $29.74 $61,870
Boulder, CO 220 1.41 2.84 $29.30 $60,940
Rochester, NY 50 0.10 0.21 $29.07 $60,460
Wilmington, DE-MD-NJ Metropolitan Division 40 0.13 0.26 $28.67 $59,640
Nashua, NH-MA NECTA Division (8) (8) (8) $28.56 $59,400

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 260 1.73 3.47 $19.70 $40,980
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 3.53 7.10 $16.97 $35,290
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 160 0.86 1.72 $17.94 $37,310
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 2.80 $19.63 $40,840
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 110 0.72 1.44 $15.18 $31,570

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 4.58 9.21 $30.33 $63,090
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 3.53 7.10 $16.97 $35,290
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 260 1.73 3.47 $19.70 $40,980
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area 140 1.39 2.80 $19.63 $40,840
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 90 1.35 2.72 $18.45 $38,380

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 1.04 2.09 $41.67 $86,670
Railbelt / Southwest Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.50 1.01 $38.45 $79,980
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 4.58 9.21 $30.33 $63,090
Southern Vermont nonmetropolitan area 60 0.62 1.25 $26.73 $55,590
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area 50 0.51 1.03 $26.24 $54,570


About May 2011 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2011 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2011 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

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Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 27, 2012

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