Massage Therapists


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Massage Therapists

Massage Therapists - Wages & Trends

Wages vary with the location, employer, and clientele. Massage therapists typically charge $35-$60 per hour. However massage therapists pay for their office equipment, supplies, rent, and utilities from their earnings. Therapists also must pay for liability insurance, taxes, advertising, and continued training.

Some therapists work as contract employees for massage schools, health practitioners, or fitness clubs and earn 40 to 70 percent of the fee the customer pays. In this situation, therapists earn about $15-$25 per hour. As a trade-off, they use the employer's space and supplies instead of buying their own.

Most massage therapists are self-employed or work part time. These workers must provide their own health insurance and retirement plan.

Massage therapists (SOC 31-9011)
Location
Pay Period
25%
Median
75%
Illinois Hourly $17.02 $22.73 $28.70
Yearly $35,408 $47,271 $59,704
    Champaign Area Hourly $10.75 $12.17 $31.36
Yearly $22,351 $25,308 $65,224
    Cook County Hourly $14.42 $22.65 $28.62
Yearly $29,997 $47,103 $59,522
    Dekalb-Elgin-Aurora Area Hourly $21.91 $25.75 $30.74
Yearly $45,577 $53,555 $63,945
    Du Page County Hourly $20.19 $23.99 $29.46
Yearly $41,998 $49,894 $61,270
    Edwardsville Area Hourly $10.42 $11.22 $12.03
Yearly $21,665 $23,347 $25,028
    Kankakee-Morris-Pontiac Area Hourly $9.87 $19.97 $24.10
Yearly $20,528 $41,540 $50,125
    Lake County Hourly $26.12 $45.97 $51.20
Yearly $54,328 $95,617 $106,503
    Mt. Vernon-Marion-Carbondale Area Hourly $19.57 $21.15 $22.73
Yearly $40,707 $43,991 $47,274
    Northwest Illinois Area Hourly $9.01 $9.31 $9.63
Yearly $18,744 $19,361 $20,037
    Peoria-Bloomington Area Hourly $13.48 $17.48 $23.08
Yearly $28,047 $36,356 $48,014
    Rockford Area Hourly $17.91 $22.74 $27.55
Yearly $37,257 $47,296 $57,307
    Shawnee National Forest Area Hourly $18.33 $21.18 $28.53
Yearly $38,126 $44,058 $59,347
    Springfield Area Hourly $16.57 $22.21 $30.25
Yearly $34,467 $46,205 $62,919
    St. Louis-Belleville Area Hourly $9.45 $9.98 $12.59
Yearly $19,649 $20,758 $26,184
    Will County Hourly $19.57 $21.70 $23.74
Yearly $40,712 $45,142 $49,385
United States Hourly $14.14 $20.59 $28.54
Yearly $29,420 $42,820 $59,370

Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.