These Are The 10 Highest Massage Therapist Salaries By State

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay massage therapists the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 3 months ago




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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. Delaware
  3. Washington
  4. Arkansas
  5. Wyoming
  6. Oregon
  7. Michigan
  8. Iowa
  9. Kentucky
  10. Oklahoma

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 2016 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 $42550, so our index value would be:

$42,550 * (100 / 135.9) = $31,309

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 $64,919 $85,110 131.1
2 Delaware $56,213 $57,000 101.4
3 Washington $53,155 $55,920 105.2
4 Arkansas $49,115 $42,780 87.1
5 Wyoming $48,801 $44,800 91.8
6 Oregon $48,347 $55,890 115.6
7 Michigan $48,280 $42,970 89.0
8 Iowa $47,978 $43,660 91.0
9 Kentucky $47,624 $43,100 90.5
10 Oklahoma $47,600 $42,460 89.2
11 New York $47,534 $62,270 131.0
12 Vermont $47,283 $57,260 121.1
13 North Carolina $46,624 $43,780 93.9
14 Arizona $46,204 $45,280 98.0
15 Minnesota $46,170 $46,540 100.8
16 Illinois $46,078 $43,590 94.6
17 Colorado $45,510 $47,240 103.8
18 Idaho $44,788 $41,250 92.1
19 Texas $44,443 $40,310 90.7
20 Florida $44,059 $43,310 98.3
21 New Mexico $43,098 $41,590 96.5
22 Louisiana $41,434 $39,280 94.8
23 Maryland $41,155 $51,650 125.5
24 Ohio $41,098 $38,550 93.8
25 North Dakota $40,130 $39,890 99.4
26 Wisconsin $39,752 $38,480 96.8
27 Tennessee $39,429 $35,250 89.4
28 Massachusetts $39,287 $52,410 133.4
29 South Carolina $39,264 $38,950 99.2
30 Montana $39,146 $39,460 100.8
31 Nebraska $38,744 $35,490 91.6
32 Connecticut $38,386 $49,020 127.7
33 Maine $38,258 $42,390 110.8
34 New Jersey $38,211 $46,580 121.9
35 Pennsylvania $37,820 $38,350 101.4
36 New Hampshire $37,418 $43,780 117.0
37 Alabama $37,269 $33,990 91.2
38 Missouri $37,168 $33,600 90.4
39 Virginia $36,994 $37,290 100.8
40 West Virginia $36,241 $33,850 93.4
41 Georgia $35,951 $32,860 91.4
42 South Dakota $35,130 $36,430 103.7
43 Utah $34,569 $32,150 93.0
44 Rhode Island $32,510 $39,240 120.7
45 Mississippi $32,433 $27,860 85.9
46 Kansas $32,402 $29,130 89.9
47 Hawaii $31,941 $53,630 167.9
48 California $31,309 $42,550 135.9
49 Nevada $27,057 $27,950 103.3

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