Massage therapist performing hand massage on a client's hand

Massage therapy career…

  1. Research estimates that massage therapy was a $18 billion industry in the country in 2018
  2. By comparison, in 2005, massage therapy was projected to be a $6 to $11 billion a year industry.
  3. From 2014 to 2018, revenue from alternative/complementary healthcare providers, which includes massage therapists, increased 3.6 percent, and employment increased 2.7 percent. Revenue growth is projected to continue at an average rate of 1.9 percent per year through 2024.
  4. Between July 2017 and July 2018, surveys indicate that roughly 47.5 – 63.6 million adult Americans (19 – 28 percent) had a massage at least once.

Source: https://www.amtamassage.org

WHAT TYPE OF SETTINGS DO MASSAGE THERAPISTS WORK IN?

Client’s home
42%
Therapist’s office
42%
Therapist’s home
29%
Spa or Salon
24%
Client’s workplace
17%
Chiropractor’s office or integrated health care clinic
17%
Massage Therapy only, franchise or chain
7%
Health club or Athletic facility
7%
Hospital or medical office
6%
Hotel/resort/cruise
5%

The number of massage therapists increased over 25% over the past ten years.
The average work week of the massage therapists was 26.6 hours in 2018, an increase from 24.2 hours reported in 2017.
Massage therapists saw an average of 46 clients each month in 2018.
25% of massage therapists were reimbursed by insurance for massageup 22% from last year.
Source: ATMA fact sheet
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