The American Massage Therapy Association recently released its annual update on the status of the massage therapy profession. The outlook for the massage therapy profession remains positive and opportunities for therapists continue to increase.
The information was gathered over the course of the past year. Four separate surveys were administered by the AMTA. They also utilized data compiled about the profession from government agencies.
As demographics change, the opportunities for massage therapists continue to grow and change. It’s important to know the current industry trends so that as a massage therapist, you are able to tailor your practice, and your sessions, to meet the needs of your ever-evolving client base.
Research found that the majority of clients sought massage therapy primarily for medical, health and wellness benefits (52 percent of respondents) compared to 54 percent of respondents in 2014.
In 2015, massage therapists averaged a 25.3 hour work-week, which was slightly higher than the 24.3 hour work week reported the year before. On average, massage therapists reported seeing on average 45 clients monthly. Massage therapists reported an average salary of $24,519, a slight increase over previous years.
A growing trend to note is that massage therapists are continually seeing more and more opportunities for their profession in the health care environment. Massage therapy is being integrated more into patient care by doctors, physical therapists, and chiropractors. This contributes in part to the increase in massage therapists entering the career field in recent years. In the past year, the estimated number of full-time and part-time massage therapists grew by three percent to approximately 346,000 in the United States.