Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
79,040 3.0 % $19.42 $40,400 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.79 $11.72 $17.27 $24.92 $34.14
Annual Wage (2) $18,280 $24,380 $35,920 $51,820 $71,020


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 35,550 5.56 $18.11 $37,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 23,910 3.22 $21.15 $43,990
Traveler Accommodation 7,600 0.43 $18.23 $37,910
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,830 0.34 $19.43 $40,410
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 860 0.02 $21.92 $45,580

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 35,550 5.56 $18.11 $37,680
Offices of Other Health Practitioners 23,910 3.22 $21.15 $43,990
Traveler Accommodation 7,600 0.43 $18.23 $37,910
Other Amusement and Recreation Industries 3,830 0.34 $19.43 $40,410
Other Personal Services 230 0.09 $19.15 $39,840

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 100 0.04 $26.78 $55,700
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $25.55 $53,130
Specialty (except Psychiatric and Substance Abuse) Hospitals 50 0.02 $25.32 $52,670
Other Schools and Instruction 300 0.08 $25.00 $51,990
Offices of Physicians (8) (8) $24.33 $50,610


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 9,520 0.65 1.09 $19.39 $40,320
Florida 5,910 0.79 1.33 $18.72 $38,940
Texas 4,950 0.45 0.76 $17.64 $36,690
Washington 4,040 1.43 2.39 $24.85 $51,680
New York 3,760 0.43 0.73 $25.52 $53,070




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 1,050 1.74 2.91 $20.70 $43,050
Nevada 1,710 1.49 2.50 $13.24 $27,550
Colorado 3,430 1.49 2.51 $18.55 $38,590
Washington 4,040 1.43 2.39 $24.85 $51,680
Oregon 1,620 0.99 1.66 $25.41 $52,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska 320 0.99 1.67 $42.55 $88,500
New York 3,760 0.43 0.73 $25.52 $53,070
Oregon 1,620 0.99 1.66 $25.41 $52,850
Washington 4,040 1.43 2.39 $24.85 $51,680
Massachusetts 1,620 0.50 0.84 $24.17 $50,280





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)
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,850 0.77 1.29 $16.21 $33,730
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 2,470 0.47 0.79 $27.15 $56,480
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 2,220 1.73 2.91 $18.14 $37,730
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 2,190 1.51 2.53 $24.90 $51,790
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,130 0.54 0.90 $17.44 $36,270
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,780 0.99 1.66 $21.98 $45,710
Las Vegas-Paradise, NV 1,490 1.77 2.97 $13.06 $27,170
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,440 0.52 0.88 $18.26 $37,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 1,400 1.34 2.24 $21.75 $45,240
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,300 0.56 0.94 $18.59 $38,660




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 520 7.84 13.15 $18.32 $38,110
Pittsfield, MA 100 2.98 5.00 $38.01 $79,060
Bellingham, WA 190 2.45 4.11 $20.79 $43,250
Olympia, WA 230 2.42 4.07 $27.45 $57,100
Tucson, AZ 840 2.38 3.98 $19.42 $40,400
Eugene-Springfield, OR 270 1.92 3.21 $27.17 $56,510
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 150 1.88 3.16 $28.68 $59,650
Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA 330 1.86 3.13 $20.20 $42,020
Tacoma, WA Metropolitan Division 480 1.85 3.11 $21.42 $44,550
Naples-Marco Island, FL 220 1.85 3.11 $23.09 $48,020




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 270 1.53 2.56 $42.36 $88,100
Pittsfield, MA 100 2.98 5.00 $38.01 $79,060
Holland-Grand Haven, MI (8) (8) (8) $33.17 $68,990
Danbury, CT (8) (8) (8) $32.62 $67,850
Corvallis, OR (8) (8) (8) $31.44 $65,390
Kingston, NY 80 1.36 2.29 $29.86 $62,110
Rochester, NY 120 0.25 0.41 $29.50 $61,350
Bremerton-Silverdale, WA 150 1.88 3.16 $28.68 $59,650
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL (8) (8) (8) $28.18 $58,610
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 140 0.33 0.56 $28.14 $58,540

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 430 2.69 4.50 $25.76 $53,570
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 3.28 5.51 $19.01 $39,530
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.49 2.49 $16.44 $34,200
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 150 0.85 1.42 $24.21 $50,350
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 130 0.72 1.20 $20.18 $41,970

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 4.37 7.34 $34.01 $70,730
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area 250 3.28 5.51 $19.01 $39,530
Hawaii / Maui / Kauai nonmetropolitan area 430 2.69 4.50 $25.76 $53,570
Northwest Florida nonmetropolitan area 90 1.59 2.67 $12.04 $25,050
Low Country South Carolina nonmetropolitan area 160 1.49 2.49 $16.44 $34,200

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)
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 0.98 1.64 $34.81 $72,400
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 40 0.51 0.85 $34.47 $71,710
Southwest Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 4.37 7.34 $34.01 $70,730
Western Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $27.82 $57,880
Southwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area 70 1.18 1.98 $27.25 $56,680


About May 2013 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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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