The 10 Best States For Massage Therapists In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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. Washington
  2. Oregon
  3. Texas
  4. Minnesota
  5. Indiana
  6. Idaho
  7. Kentucky
  8. Alaska
  9. Colorado
  10. Florida

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $41,460 and the average salary in Illinois is $46,340, 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. Washington

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,830
Average Annual Salary: $62,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,290
Average Experienced Salary: $82,350
Location Quotient: 2.04

2. Oregon

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,290
Average Annual Salary: $64,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,910
Average Experienced Salary: $95,540
Location Quotient: 1.67

3. Texas

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,670
Average Annual Salary: $49,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,790
Average Experienced Salary: $91,350
Location Quotient: 0.99

4. Minnesota

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,280
Average Annual Salary: $52,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,230
Average Experienced Salary: $89,140
Location Quotient: 1.09

5. Indiana

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,390
Average Annual Salary: $48,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,600
Average Experienced Salary: $115,020
Location Quotient: 0.63

6. Idaho

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $50,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,140
Average Experienced Salary: $83,030
Location Quotient: 0.56

7. Kentucky

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 710
Average Annual Salary: $52,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,730
Average Experienced Salary: $80,410
Location Quotient: 0.52

8. Alaska

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 540
Average Annual Salary: $82,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,600
Average Experienced Salary: $129,440
Location Quotient: 2.34

9. Colorado

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,270
Average Annual Salary: $46,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,950
Average Experienced Salary: $70,970
Location Quotient: 2.77

10. Florida

Best States For Massage Therapists

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,620
Average Annual Salary: $46,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,320
Average Experienced Salary: $89,610
Location Quotient: 1.54

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. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. Kansas

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For massage therapists

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $62,520 $38,290 4,830
2 Oregon $64,360 $33,910 2,290
3 Texas $49,100 $20,790 8,670
4 Minnesota $52,910 $23,230 2,280
5 Indiana $48,650 $24,600 1,390
6 Idaho $50,560 $28,140 290
7 Kentucky $52,960 $29,730 710
8 Alaska $82,280 $21,600 540
9 Colorado $46,190 $22,950 5,270
10 Florida $46,240 $19,320 9,620
11 Illinois $46,340 $19,770 4,930
12 Nebraska $45,340 $29,060 280
13 Michigan $42,710 $19,830 2,310
14 Arizona $42,340 $22,380 2,400
15 Tennessee $44,190 $17,820 1,550
16 North Carolina $41,560 $22,400 2,850
17 Arkansas $41,890 $19,530 260
18 Iowa $40,030 $19,410 840
19 Utah $40,880 $17,830 1,410
20 Oklahoma $41,770 $21,690 360
21 Massachusetts $53,750 $29,230 2,910
22 Wisconsin $42,440 $18,860 1,980
23 Montana $46,500 $25,530 110
24 Wyoming $43,060 $17,000 110
25 New Mexico $42,260 $21,300 400
26 Vermont $44,580 $23,260 370
27 New Hampshire $47,360 $25,730 390
28 Pennsylvania $42,730 $21,350 3,620
29 Maine $43,450 $26,150 320
30 Ohio $39,370 $18,990 2,110
31 South Carolina $41,440 $20,640 1,170
32 Missouri $37,100 $18,460 1,420
33 New York $52,830 $23,620 4,770
34 Georgia $37,210 $17,010 2,260
35 New Jersey $44,610 $25,580 2,730
36 West Virginia $34,750 $19,440 270
37 Hawaii $61,750 $24,060 1,320
38 North Dakota $39,640 $19,490 200
39 Connecticut $43,170 $23,800 1,770
40 Virginia $38,990 $17,870 2,770
41 Nevada $29,620 $16,820 1,850
42 South Dakota $34,350 $23,400 130
43 California $41,460 $23,190 15,200
44 Maryland $42,430 $20,440 1,600
45 Alabama $34,890 $17,850 480
46 Rhode Island $40,970 $22,400 170
47 Kansas $29,370 $16,730 670
48 Mississippi $29,080 $16,920 320
49 Louisiana $30,060 $16,300 430
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