Salaries for Acupuncturists and Massage Therapists On Rise

Acupuncture has gained significant popularity in mainstream society as a natural and effective means to treat a number of illnesses, including respiratory disorders, digestive issues, food allergies, circulatory disorders and addictions.

Statistics compiled in June 2009 at indicate that acupuncturist salaries for new practitioners range from $30,000 to $45,000 annually.

After 5 to 10 years of practicing, an acupuncturist’s salary can increase to approximately $48,000 per year. Beyond that, seasoned acupuncturists with a steady clientele can make up to $74,000.

A massage therapist’s salary depends primarily on one factor—the therapist. Because the profession offers a high level of flexibility, a therapist can choose to practice just a few hours per week or operate on a full-time schedule.

In general, massage therapists charge an hourly massage rate, a portion of which goes toward their business operating costs or to their employer. Additionally, tips usually account for approximately 15 to 20 percent of massage therapist salary, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

The American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) reports that a massage therapist who worked 15 hours a week in 2008 earned an average annual salary of $31,500, including tips. And 2009 data from shows that the top median massage therapist salaries reach over $55,000 per year.

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American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) has provided affordable, quality health care to the public and trained professionals in acupuncture, massage and Chinese medicine since 1980. In addition to its graduate curriculum, ACTCM offers continuing education, public education, community outreach and clinical services in acupuncture and herbal medicine. ACTCM has been the recipient of many awards for its curriculum, faculty and clinic, and has been voted “Best of the Bay” by both the San Francisco Weekly and the San Francisco Bay Guardian. ACTCM is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is a private, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.