Pay Scales for Therapeutic Massage in the Health Care Environment
Comparing the pay scales of similar careers in the health care field is the best way to determine the pay scales for massage therapists. The emergency medical technician (EMT) provides a good example. The EMT has a similar level of education and comparable requirements in the health care setting. The basic responsibilities of an EMT are to:
· Have a high school diploma, successfully complete EMT training, register with the EMT national registry, obtain licensure from the state emergency medical services (EMS) authority, and have 2 to 4 years of related experience
· Respond to an emergency call, assesses the situation, obtain a basic medical history, perform a physical examination of the patient, and provide emergency medical care at the scene and during transit to the hospital
· Use medical equipment to treat patients and ascertain the extent of their injuries or illness
· Communicate with the medical facility receiving the patient about the patient’s condition, status, and arrival time
· Be familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures in a particular field
· Rely on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals and perform a variety of tasks
· Work under the supervision of a manager
The annual salary for an EMT can range from $23,000 to $30,000.
A comparison of educational requirements for health professionals shows that those who provide direct, hands-on care to patients usually have an associate’s degree (Bureau of Labor Statistics). Other health professions that have training programs similar to those for massage include phlebotomist, certified nurse’s aide, dental assistant, and occupational therapy assistant. Based on these data, the annual entry level salary for massage therapy probably will range from $22,000 to $30,000. In addition, typical benefits packages, including health care, are offered. If a massage therapist has an associate’s degree or higher or previous health care experience, or is dually trained (e.g., is a licensed practical nurse [LPN]), the pay rate may be as high as $35,000 a year.
If you are interested in providing massage in health care then I strongly suggest you take this to heart and cross train as a Certified Nurse Assistant which will provide necessary skills to work successfully in hospitals and other health care environments.