These Are The 10 Best States For Massage Therapists

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Best States For Professions, Rankings - 8 months ago
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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:

  1. Alaska
  2. Washington
  3. Vermont
  4. Oregon
  5. Iowa
  6. North Carolina
  7. Arkansas
  8. Arizona
  9. Michigan
  10. Minnesota

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:

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How we determined the best states to be a massage therapist

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
  • Higher Pay

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:

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

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.

1. Alaska

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $85,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,460
Average Experienced Salary: $124,900
Location Quotient: 3.49

2. Washington

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,030
Average Annual Salary: $55,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,340
Average Experienced Salary: $79,570
Location Quotient: 1.92

3. Vermont

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 330
Average Annual Salary: $57,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,120
Average Experienced Salary: $80,320
Location Quotient: 1.59

4. Oregon

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,990
Average Annual Salary: $55,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,460
Average Experienced Salary: $77,410
Location Quotient: 1.62

5. Iowa

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 820
Average Annual Salary: $43,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,630
Average Experienced Salary: $76,470
Location Quotient: 0.78

6. North Carolina

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,040
Average Annual Salary: $43,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,870
Average Experienced Salary: $64,150
Location Quotient: 1.05

7. Arkansas

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $42,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,470
Average Experienced Salary: $73,040
Location Quotient: 0.34

8. Arizona

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,330
Average Annual Salary: $45,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,150
Average Experienced Salary: $79,390
Location Quotient: 1.28

9. Michigan

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,230
Average Annual Salary: $42,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,360
Average Experienced Salary: $63,480
Location Quotient: 0.78

10. Minnesota

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,190
Average Annual Salary: $46,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,200
Average Experienced Salary: $64,710
Location Quotient: 1.14

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Massage Therapist

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:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Rhode Island
  3. California

Detailed List Of The Best States For massage therapists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Alaska $85,110 $40,460 770
2 Washington $55,920 $33,340 4,030
3 Vermont $57,260 $35,120 330
4 Oregon $55,890 $24,460 1,990
5 Iowa $43,660 $19,630 820
6 North Carolina $43,780 $20,870 3,040
7 Arkansas $42,780 $20,470 280
8 Arizona $45,280 $19,150 2,330
9 Michigan $42,970 $19,360 2,230
10 Minnesota $46,540 $24,200 2,190
11 Illinois $43,590 $19,510 3,530
12 Colorado $47,240 $19,490 4,950
13 Florida $43,310 $20,040 8,220
14 Oklahoma $42,460 $23,380 410
15 Wyoming $44,800 $17,090 120
16 Texas $40,310 $17,790 6,790
17 Kentucky $43,100 $19,830 550
18 Idaho $41,250 $20,080 260
19 Delaware $57,000 $19,190 90
20 Maryland $51,650 $21,190 1,770
21 New Jersey $46,580 $25,990 3,460
22 New York $62,270 $21,680 4,180
23 Nebraska $35,490 $21,180 360
24 New Hampshire $43,780 $26,690 510
25 South Carolina $38,950 $18,080 1,100
26 Maine $42,390 $22,350 310
27 Massachusetts $52,410 $28,560 1,870
28 Wisconsin $38,480 $18,510 1,850
29 Ohio $38,550 $19,000 1,930
30 Louisiana $39,280 $17,100 440
31 New Mexico $41,590 $18,060 310
32 Tennessee $35,250 $17,670 1,070
33 Connecticut $49,020 $21,160 1,620
34 Pennsylvania $38,350 $17,350 3,230
35 Utah $32,150 $18,250 1,070
36 Virginia $37,290 $17,970 2,470
37 West Virginia $33,850 $19,650 250
38 Montana $39,460 $19,890 140
39 Georgia $32,860 $16,670 2,260
40 Hawaii $53,630 $18,940 1,390
41 North Dakota $39,890 $17,770 140
42 Missouri $33,600 $17,460 920
43 Alabama $33,990 $17,230 400
44 Kansas $29,130 $16,310 510
45 Nevada $27,950 $16,610 1,580
46 South Dakota $36,430 $22,030 90
47 California $42,550 $20,820 16,090
48 Rhode Island $39,240 $20,150 200
49 Mississippi $27,860 $16,450 160
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