These Are The 10 Best Cities For Massage Therapists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Anchorage, AK
  2. Pittsfield, MA
  3. Olympia, WA
  4. Bend, OR
  5. Kennewick, WA
  6. Fairbanks, AK
  7. Eugene, OR
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. Medford, OR
  10. Bellingham, WA

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.

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How we determined the best cities to be a massage therapists?




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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

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.

1. Anchorage, AK

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 570
Average Annual Salary: $84,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,580
Location Quotient: 4.83

2. Pittsfield, MA

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 70
Average Annual Salary: $79,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,800
Location Quotient: 2.71

3. Olympia, WA

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $60,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,330
Location Quotient: 3.22

4. Bend, OR

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $56,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,820
Location Quotient: 2.42

5. Kennewick, WA

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $55,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,050
Location Quotient: 1.84

6. Fairbanks, AK

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $88,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,430
Location Quotient: 1.65

7. Eugene, OR

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $56,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,280
Location Quotient: 2.49

8. Seattle, WA

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,450
Average Annual Salary: $53,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,640
Location Quotient: 2.39

9. Medford, OR

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $62,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,630
Location Quotient: 1.49

10. Bellingham, WA

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 120
Average Annual Salary: $53,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,880
Location Quotient: 2.23

And that’s our list of the best cities for massage therapists

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:

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Lafayette, LA
  3. Augusta, GA

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Massage Therapists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Anchorage, AK $84,870 $50,580 570
2 Pittsfield, MA $79,470 $47,800 70
3 Olympia, WA $60,530 $34,330 220
4 Bend, OR $56,470 $39,820 110
5 Kennewick, WA $55,800 $44,050 130
6 Fairbanks, AK $88,640 $45,430 40
7 Eugene, OR $56,280 $26,280 240
8 Seattle, WA $53,830 $28,640 2,450
9 Medford, OR $62,210 $45,630 80
10 Bellingham, WA $53,070 $28,880 120
11 Asheville, NC $51,900 $28,580 220
12 Burlington, VT $58,950 $34,670 110
13 Wenatchee, WA $51,420 $33,450 50
14 Spokane, WA $52,150 $33,930 250
15 Tucson, AZ $50,630 $25,380 520
16 Santa Rosa, CA $57,990 $24,390 460
17 Santa Cruz, CA $59,740 $33,050 90
18 Bremerton, WA $48,200 $22,910 150
19 Tacoma, WA $51,430 $33,100 290
20 Port St. Lucie, FL $58,660 $21,820 160
21 Gainesville, FL $54,510 $24,420 140
22 Oakland, CA $58,090 $40,150 830
23 Portland, OR $50,970 $22,150 1,430
24 Ocean City, NJ $45,550 $29,980 70
25 Naples, FL $54,280 $21,960 150
26 Trenton, NJ $49,030 $24,530 390
27 Nassau County, NY $60,900 $24,820 1,440
28 Idaho Falls, ID $37,680 $32,000 60
29 Bowling Green, KY $42,080 $26,660 50
30 Lansing, MI $50,890 $21,370 180
31 Minneapolis, MN $45,500 $24,430 2,080
32 Winston, NC $50,790 $32,850 140
33 Redding, CA $54,390 $38,930 40
34 Jacksonville, FL $45,870 $26,410 590
35 Fort Lauderdale, FL $44,300 $26,610 760
36 North Port, FL $43,980 $21,080 370
37 Peabody, MA $45,630 $29,320 120
38 Austin, TX $44,610 $19,420 980
39 St. George, UT $42,970 $18,820 60
40 Fargo, ND $46,390 $22,740 80
41 Lexington, KY $38,290 $18,700 220
42 Warren, MI $46,930 $24,310 670
43 Fayetteville, AR $45,830 $32,760 90
44 New York, NY $60,990 $26,880 3,540
45 Phoenix, AZ $46,570 $18,430 3,150
46 Brunswick, GA $40,610 $19,360 40
47 Yakima, WA $54,950 $32,300 30
48 Ogden, UT $34,590 $23,510 330
49 Raleigh, NC $42,140 $18,000 870
50 West Palm Beach, FL $38,830 $21,100 1,060
51 Kahului, HI $63,910 $18,000 180
52 Youngstown, OH $48,360 $31,550 50
53 Pensacola, FL $44,460 $27,810 90
54 Wilmington, DE $57,090 $30,460 100
55 Scranton, PA $43,100 $33,470 120
56 Napa, CA $51,970 $19,330 430
57 Fort Collins, CO $51,340 $19,530 150
58 Denver, CO $43,010 $19,270 3,300
59 Lancaster, PA $40,750 $21,470 170
60 Flagstaff, AZ $48,250 $17,770 70
61 Grand Rapids, MI $50,210 $18,900 310
62 Syracuse, NY $62,580 $30,860 80
63 Kalamazoo, MI $46,920 $20,500 70
64 Boulder, CO $48,670 $18,000 350
65 Columbia, SC $36,630 $20,370 260
66 Ann Arbor, MI $43,110 $19,460 140
67 Morgantown, WV $39,830 $19,690 30
68 Spartanburg, SC $40,340 $31,790 50
69 Niles, MI $47,180 $18,180 40
70 Provo, UT $40,220 $20,920 110
71 Evansville, IN $42,250 $31,030 40
72 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $41,010 $22,000 170
73 Newark, NJ $44,500 $20,700 1,230
74 Camden, NJ $38,850 $28,360 400
75 Salinas, CA $46,450 $20,260 190
76 Rochester, MN $43,240 $27,900 50
77 Milwaukee, WI $37,520 $24,890 540
78 Nashville, TN $36,490 $19,040 600
79 Omaha, NE $33,580 $23,530 350
80 Knoxville, TN $37,040 $26,990 160
81 Charlotte, NC $38,370 $19,290 920
82 Tampa, FL $42,000 $19,080 1,120
83 Prescott, AZ $38,670 $18,480 70
84 Hartford, CT $47,270 $22,690 430
85 Santa Maria, CA $43,850 $20,030 300
86 South Bend, IN $36,070 $21,580 60
87 Elgin, IL $38,260 $21,620 190
88 Cincinnati, OH $38,930 $18,130 510
89 Boston, MA $50,480 $27,450 590
90 St. Cloud, MN $37,320 $31,720 50
91 Abilene, TX $40,870 $18,280 30
92 Portland, ME $36,550 $20,590 160
93 Utica, NY $42,580 $25,520 70
94 Orlando, FL $42,010 $17,990 1,150
95 San Jose, CA $49,230 $23,140 440
96 Rochester, NY $53,980 $25,200 100
97 Columbus, OH $33,280 $19,000 630
98 Des Moines, IA $35,940 $18,860 240
99 San Francisco, CA $39,240 $20,490 1,260
100 Baltimore, MD $51,160 $18,940 1,100