What does a Massage Therapist do?

A massage therapist is responsible for guiding clients through service offerings while helping them choose the types of messages they would benefit them the most. Massage therapists perform massages in a manner that prevents injuries to their own wrists and other parts of their body as well as the guests. Additionally, a massage therapist obtains a detailed history from clients, including information about any injuries or conditions, such as diabetes. Massage therapists can work in a variety of settings including spas, hospitals, and rehabilitation centers.

A current and valid state license for massage therapy as well as 4 years of experience as a massage therapist is required for massage therapists. Successful massage therapists possess excellent verbal communication skills and are able to stand for extended periods.

What responsibilities are common for Massage Therapist jobs?
  • Evaluate clients' soft tissue condition, joint quality and function, muscle strength, and range of motion
  • Develop and propose client treatment plans that specify which types of massage are to be used
  • Consult with clients about their medical histories and any problems with stress and/or pain in order to determine whether massage would be helpful
  • Massage and knead the muscles and soft tissues of the human body in order to provide treatment for medical conditions, injuries or wellness maintenance
  • Prepare and blend oils, and apply the blends to clients' skin
  • Discuss with other health care professionals such as physiotherapists, chiropractors, physicians, and psychologists in order to develop treatment plans for clients
  • Maintain detailed and accurate treatment records of clients
  • Attend and participate in meetings and training sessions
What are the typical qualifications for Massage Therapist jobs?
  • Experience working in a spa or therapy center environment preferred
  • 4+ years' experience as a professional massage therapist
  • Proficient knowledge of reflexology, Swedish, prenatal, hot stone, trigger point, sports, and deep tissue massage
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Exceptional computer skills
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • Dexterous and able to stand for extended periods
  • Ability to keep a well-groomed, professional appearance
  • Ability to perform massages on diverse clients
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Total Pay--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Massage Therapist make?

Confident
$68,086 /yr
Total Pay
$48,318
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$19,768
 /yr

Additional Pay

$68,086

 / yr
$28K$319K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Massage Therapist Career Path

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L2
Massage Therapist
$68,086/yr
L4
L2

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
25%
2 - 4
17%
5 - 7
1%
8+
57%
Not including years spent in education and/or training
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Massage Therapist Insights

Read what Massage Therapist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Massage HeightsMassage Heights
Licensed Massage Therapist
Aug 13, 2020

“I have the exact schedule I want/need and all my guest are really good people!”

The Bicycle Hotel & CasinoThe Bicycle Hotel & Casino
Certified Massage Therapist
May 24, 2022

“It was pretty quiet and we would only see our clients or people walk by briefly.”

Cliff House MaineCliff House Maine
Licensed Massage Therapist
Nov 14, 2021

“It’s become a fancy factory job…meaning work work work and everyone is replaceable and not valued.”

Saffron & SageSaffron & Sage
Licensed Massage Therapist
Sep 9, 2020

“It really is an urban sanctuary and seeing Harper the therapy dog is an added bonus.”

Aspen Skiing CompanyAspen Skiing Company
Licensed Massage Therapist
Mar 3, 2021

“Pay is decent however you never really get a raise unless they decide to raise prices.”

Mynd Spa and SalonMynd Spa and Salon
Licensed Massage Therapist
Feb 11, 2020

“Decent pay if you ever get booked but they don't do balanced booking so good luck getting appointments.”

White Dahlia - Massage and Wellness
Licensed Massage Therapist
Jan 17, 2022

“This is a great place to start your career if you are fresh out of school.”

Massage EnvyMassage Envy
Lead Massage Therapist
Apr 8, 2021

“The pay is just as much as mc donald's at the end of the week.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a Massage Therapist

When working as a Massage Therapist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Swedish, Excellent Customer Service, Work Ethic, Protocols, and Android Mobile.

The most similar professions to Massage Therapist are:
  • Therapist
  • Outpatient Therapist
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Behavior Therapist

The most common qualifications to become a Massage Therapist include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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