Massage Therapists are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as massage therapists in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since massage therapists are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where massage therapists have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for massage therapists.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s massage therapists:
So there you have it — Massage Therapists is the best of the best when it comes to being a massage therapist.
How did Massage Therapists end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for massage therapists and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 states 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 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for massage therapists in California is $42,550 and the average salary in Illinois is $43,590, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for massage therapists in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for massage therapists.
Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $85,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,460
Average Experienced Salary: $124,900
Location Quotient: 3.49
Total Jobs: 4,030
Average Annual Salary: $55,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,340
Average Experienced Salary: $79,570
Location Quotient: 1.92
Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $57,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,120
Average Experienced Salary: $80,320
Location Quotient: 1.59
Total Jobs: 1,990
Average Annual Salary: $55,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,460
Average Experienced Salary: $77,410
Location Quotient: 1.62
Total Jobs: 820
Average Annual Salary: $43,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,630
Average Experienced Salary: $76,470
Location Quotient: 0.78
Total Jobs: 3,040
Average Annual Salary: $43,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,870
Average Experienced Salary: $64,150
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $42,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,470
Average Experienced Salary: $73,040
Location Quotient: 0.34
Total Jobs: 2,330
Average Annual Salary: $45,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,150
Average Experienced Salary: $79,390
Location Quotient: 1.28
Total Jobs: 2,230
Average Annual Salary: $42,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,360
Average Experienced Salary: $63,480
Location Quotient: 0.78
Total Jobs: 2,190
Average Annual Salary: $46,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,200
Average Experienced Salary: $64,710
Location Quotient: 1.14
If you’re looking to start out your career as a massage therapist these are the states 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 states to be a massage therapist in America: