The 10 States With The Highest Massage Therapist Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do massage therapists get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for massage therapists by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for massage therapists by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for massage therapists after this adjustment? That would be Massage Therapists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Alaska
  2. Washington
  3. Kentucky
  4. Oregon
  5. Idaho
  6. Indiana
  7. Texas
  8. Minnesota
  9. Nebraska
  10. Tennessee

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for massage therapists from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $41460, so our index value would be:

$41,460 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,507

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for massage therapists.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Massage Therapist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Alaska $62,761 $82,280 131.1
2 Washington $59,429 $62,520 105.2
3 Kentucky $58,519 $52,960 90.5
4 Oregon $55,674 $64,360 115.6
5 Idaho $54,896 $50,560 92.1
6 Indiana $54,357 $48,650 89.5
7 Texas $54,134 $49,100 90.7
8 Minnesota $52,490 $52,910 100.8
9 Nebraska $49,497 $45,340 91.6
10 Tennessee $49,429 $44,190 89.4
11 Illinois $48,985 $46,340 94.6
12 Arkansas $48,094 $41,890 87.1
13 Michigan $47,988 $42,710 89.0
14 Florida $47,039 $46,240 98.3
15 Wyoming $46,906 $43,060 91.8
16 Oklahoma $46,827 $41,770 89.2
17 Montana $46,130 $46,500 100.8
18 Colorado $44,499 $46,190 103.8
19 North Carolina $44,259 $41,560 93.9
20 Iowa $43,989 $40,030 91.0
21 Utah $43,956 $40,880 93.0
22 Wisconsin $43,842 $42,440 96.8
23 New Mexico $43,792 $42,260 96.5
24 Arizona $43,204 $42,340 98.0
25 Pennsylvania $42,140 $42,730 101.4
26 Ohio $41,972 $39,370 93.8
27 South Carolina $41,774 $41,440 99.2
28 Missouri $41,039 $37,100 90.4
29 Georgia $40,711 $37,210 91.4
30 New Hampshire $40,478 $47,360 117.0
31 New York $40,328 $52,830 131.0
32 Massachusetts $40,292 $53,750 133.4
33 North Dakota $39,879 $39,640 99.4
34 Maine $39,214 $43,450 110.8
35 Virginia $38,680 $38,990 100.8
36 Alabama $38,256 $34,890 91.2
37 West Virginia $37,205 $34,750 93.4
38 Vermont $36,812 $44,580 121.1
39 Hawaii $36,777 $61,750 167.9
40 New Jersey $36,595 $44,610 121.9
41 Rhode Island $33,943 $40,970 120.7
42 Mississippi $33,853 $29,080 85.9
43 Maryland $33,808 $42,430 125.5
44 Connecticut $33,805 $43,170 127.7
45 South Dakota $33,124 $34,350 103.7
46 Kansas $32,669 $29,370 89.9
47 Louisiana $31,708 $30,060 94.8
48 California $30,507 $41,460 135.9
49 Nevada $28,673 $29,620 103.3
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