Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Massage Therapists, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer massage therapists the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where massage therapists get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for massage therapists.The result is this list of the best cities massage therapists:
So there you have it — Anchorage is the best city when it comes to being a massage therapist.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a massage therapist? That would be Memphis.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for massage therapists and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for massage therapists in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well massage therapists get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 194 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 194 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for massage therapists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for massage therapists.
Total Jobs: 570
Average Annual Salary: $84,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,580
Location Quotient: 4.83
Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $79,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,800
Location Quotient: 2.71
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $60,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,330
Location Quotient: 3.22
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $56,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,820
Location Quotient: 2.42
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $55,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,050
Location Quotient: 1.84
Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $88,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,430
Location Quotient: 1.65
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $56,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,280
Location Quotient: 2.49
Total Jobs: 2,450
Average Annual Salary: $53,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,640
Location Quotient: 2.39
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $62,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,630
Location Quotient: 1.49
Total Jobs: 120
Average Annual Salary: $53,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,880
Location Quotient: 2.23
If you’re looking to start out your career as a massage therapist these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a massage therapist in America:
|16||Santa Rosa, CA||$57,990|
|17||Santa Cruz, CA||$59,740|
|20||Port St. Lucie, FL||$58,660|
|24||Ocean City, NJ||$45,550|
|27||Nassau County, NY||$60,900|
|28||Idaho Falls, ID||$37,680|
|29||Bowling Green, KY||$42,080|
|35||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$44,300|
|36||North Port, FL||$43,980|
|39||St. George, UT||$42,970|
|44||New York, NY||$60,990|
|50||West Palm Beach, FL||$38,830|
|57||Fort Collins, CO||$51,340|
|61||Grand Rapids, MI||$50,210|
|66||Ann Arbor, MI||$43,110|
|72||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$41,010|
|85||Santa Maria, CA||$43,850|
|86||South Bend, IN||$36,070|
|90||St. Cloud, MN||$37,320|
|95||San Jose, CA||$49,230|
|98||Des Moines, IA||$35,940|
|99||San Francisco, CA||$39,240|