Attention Job Seekers… Want a New Career in the New Year?… …Then Consider This:

Massage Therapists employ their knowledge of Anatomy/Physiology plus a variety of hands-on massage strokes and manipulations to relieve muscle pain and mental stress. With dozens of specialties to choose from, today’s Massage Therapists have a variety of ways to facilitate well-being for their clients.

“In 2019 the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL) announced Employment of massage therapists is projected to grow 22 percent from 2018 to 2028, adding 35,400 more professionals to the field” said Harmony Morgan, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health – Laguna Hills. “With starting salaries ranging from $25 to $45 an hour, working as a Professional Massage Therapist has never been more rewarding”, she added.

According to the BOL, the median annual wage for Professional Massage Therapists was $41,420 in May 2018. They also reported that the highest 10 percent of Professional Massage Therapists earned more than $78,280.

The median annual wages for Massage Therapists working in the following industries, were as follows:

Chiropractors Offices $51,690
Doctors Offices and Other Health Practitioners $44,560
Personal Care Service Providers $39,740

It’s important to note that most massage therapists earn a combination of wages and tips and may receive free or discounted massages as a benefit. Also, many Massage Therapists choose to work part time by appointment only.  Their daily schedules and the number of clients seen each week may vary considerably.

In addition to giving massages, Solo-Practitioners, must also contend with general business tasks. These include: maintaining client records, initiating marketing activities, ordering inventory, washing linens, booking clients and taking additional classes to stay abreast of new massage techniques and approaches.

Work environments for Professional Massage Therapists today have expanded into less traditional settings.  For example, in addition to booking massage at Day Spas and Massage Clinics, clients can request massage at their Doctor’s and Chiropractors offices, at the local Gym, Shopping Mall, or on Cruise ships and in Casinos. Regardless of the environment, Professional Massage Therapists enjoy an in-demand career that offers the satisfaction of providing immediate relief while promoting long-term health for their clients.

Healing Hands School of Holistic Health has been serving residents through three regional campuses located in Escondido and Laguna Hills for over 27 years.  Considered a trail-blazer for education in the Holistic Healing Arts, Healing Hands has prepared more than 7,500 students for successful careers as Professional Massage Therapists and can do the same for you! To learn more, please visit us online at  or call us at (949) 305-2722 in Laguna Hills or (760) 746-9364 in Escondido or (858) 505-1100 in Kearny Mesa.

CITATION:Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Massage Therapists, on the Internet at (visited October 07, 2019).