Do massage therapist make good money?

im thinking about taking massage therapy as my major and I wanted some outside advice. If I was to pursue wit it do you think it would be easy for me to find a job at a spa or sumthin or do you only make good $ when its upscale places? im going 2 put a lot of money into these classes and I want to make sure its all worth it in the end. any advice?

Answer #1

I am a male massage therapist who has been working in the field for over 12 years. It is a fun and wonderful career where you can make a good amount of money. Realistically, you can expect to make $15-25 an hour when you are just out of school and go to work for someone else. You may get tips on top of the hourly rate per massage. If you want to make the most money, working for yourself can be more satisfying…but, a lot of work.

Answer #2

Omgsh… YES!! MOST DEF. I am going through Massage school right now at Rising spirit Institute of natural health, and it makes killer money. I am still a student, and I dont charge (yet) for the free massages I’m giving out, and people still tip me around 40-50 bucks an hour and I’m not certified yet. I will be in May. Good luck, I hope you pick that as your career. And the school I go 2 will help you find a job. They dont give up either.

Answer #3

if i would become a beauty therapist would i be more hands on make up

or is a makeup Artist for me

i love doing make up more than anything

and i know what would look good on people…

any advice???

email me

Answer #4


Primarily, as a massage therapist you must decide if you want to work for someone, or on your own, renting space in an existing clinic, office, spa etc. If you own your own business than you can expect an overhead that cuts into your massage therapist’s salary. However, if you freelance you may not get consistent work till you build up your client base and this will obviously affect your salary. Secondly, you must consider how much you want to work, how many massages you can physically give per day. The average is approximately 4 to 5 hours of physical massage. The more you work the more massage therapist’s salary you make, but if you burn out then you have lost money. Next you must figure out what the going rate is in your specific geographical location. Every state, city, province, town and country will have different fee schedules and some may even have massage therapy fee regulations. The length of massage therapy treatments; focusing on 1 hour massages, 30 minute massages, 45 minute massages, 1.5 hour massages. You may charge more for 30 minute massages and take more clients or you could charge an hourly rate. Having a good rate plan will ensure a great massage therapy salary. Also, take into consideration the time factors to build your client base, or perhaps taking over existing clients from another therapist etc. Getting established a solid clientele takes time. So, if you’re new don’t expect to make a seasoned massage therapy salary right away. The average massage therapist usually treats 4-5 hours a day, 5-6 days a week, and depending on rates, usually $65.00 per hour. Also, you must consider holidays, sick days, missed appointments and no shows etc. Thus, probably working 48 weeks a year. That makes a Registered Massage Therapist’s gross salary potential between $62K to $78K per year

Answer #5

I disagree with amblessed. Very few massage therapists make 62k to 78k a year. You are assuming that the 4-5 hours every day that is possible to do massage means that what happens. It doesn’t. Days go by where you have less than 4 to 5 clients- sometimes even none. You are also assuming this amount of money for someone who owns their own business. If you work for somebody you will get paid somewhere between $!5 to $30 an hour, depending on location and place of employment. If you are self-employed you have to consider the extra expenses and work, so you ultimately make less than $65 per massage because of the time you spend marketing, doing taxes, doing laundry, etc. I know very few massage therapists who can make it by doing massage alone. That being said, it is a rewarding career and perfect as a second job. You have to go into it for the right reasons because your work will reflect your intentions- and if you are only doing it for money, people will not return.

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