Massage Therapist Salary California

Massage Therapist Salary in California

A massage therapist’s salary will differ greatly between locations and the employer mix there. To help your decisionmaking regarding a career as a therapist in California, we acquired a database of salary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Occupational Employment and Wages data) and have extracted state and local data specific to massage therapist salary.

Massage therapist salary and wage data is collected on both an hourly and annual basis and, since many therapists choose to work part time, we present both methods here.

California – Statewide

Statewide, a California massage therapist has an average hourly wage of $19.39. To provide some detail, let’s look at the middle fifty percent of earners. We eliminate the bottom and top 25% to focus on reasonable earning expectations. This shows us that a massage therapist’s hourly earnings in California range from $10.26 to $25.93 per hour.

As we said, we analyzed the data to filter for a California massage therapist’s annual salary too. Here we found an average of $40,320 per year. To add context here, we pulled out that middle fifty percent range again and found the annual salary range for a California massage therapist would be from $21,350 to $53,940 per year.

Statewide data doesn’t always say what you can expect where you live in that state, so we kept digging. The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data by Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) as well as by state. An MSA is a high population density area beyond a single town but that is closely economically tied together. They provided massage therapist information for a whopping twenty such areas in California: Bakersfield – Delano, Fresno, Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale, Napa, Oakland – Fremont – Hayward, Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura, Redding, Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario, Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville, Salinas, San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos, San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City, San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara, San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles, Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine, Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta, Santa Cruz – Watsonville, Santa Rosa – Petaluma, Stockton, and Vallejo – Fairfield. We detail each below.

Bakersfield – Delano

A Bakersfield, California massage therapist has an average hourly wage of $18.74. The middle fifty percent of earners in Bakersfield report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $14.60 to $21.80 per hour. Filtered for Bakersfield’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $38,970 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $30,360 to $45,330 per year.

Fresno

A Fresno, California massage therapist has an average hourly wage of $16.68. Much lower than the state average. The middle fifty percent calculation for hourly earners in Fresno returns a massage therapist’s wages from $11.87 to $19.73 per hour. Screened for annual massage therapist’s salary in Fresno we find $34,690 for the annual average with the mid 50% spread from $24,690 to $41,030 per year.

Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale

The Los Angeles, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $17.44 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Los Angeles report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $9.38 to $21.63 per hour. Filtered for Los Angeles’ annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $36,270 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $19,520 to $44,980 per year.

Napa

The Napa, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $18.32 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Napa report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $9.75 to $27.58 per hour. Filtered for Napa’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $38,110 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $20,280 to $57,360 per year.

Oakland – Freemont – Hayward

The Oakland, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $25.73 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Oakland report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $16.92 to $34.63 per hour. Filtered for Oakland’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $53,520 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $35,190 to $72,030 per year.

Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura

The Oxnard, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $23.29 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Oxnard report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $12.68 to $32.98 per hour. Filtered for Oxnard’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $48,450 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $26,370 to $68,600 per year.

Redding

The Redding, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $10.69 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Redding report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $8.66 to $9.51 per hour. Note that a few highly paid therapists in Redding have skewed the average above the expected range; quite an unusual result that shows the importance of looking beyond the average. Filtered for Redding’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $22,420 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $18,020 to $19,770 per year. Again with the annual salary analysis, a few highly paid therapists in Redding have skewed the average above the expected range; reinforcing the importance of looking beyond the average.

Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario

The Riverside, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $21.80 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Riverside report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $13.91 to $29.15 per hour. Filtered for Riverside’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $45,340 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $28,930 to $60,630 per year.

Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville

The Sacramento, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $17.60 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Sacramento report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $11.74 to $20.96 per hour. Filtered for Sacramento’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $36,610 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $24,410 to $43,600 per year.

Salinas

The Salinas, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $23.36 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Salinas report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $17.59 to $29.30 per hour. Filtered for Salinas’ annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $48,600 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $36,600 to $60,940 per year.

San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos

The San Diego, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $15.05 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in San Diego report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $8.80 to $21.19 per hour. Filtered for San Diego’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $31,310 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $18,310 to $44,070 per year.

San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City

The San Francisco, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $21.75 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in San Francisco report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $12.56 to $28.15 per hour. Filtered for San Francisco’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $45,240 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $26,130 to $58,560 per year.

San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara

The San Jose, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $15.83 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in San Jose report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $9.02 to $18.66 per hour. Filtered for San Jose’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $32,930 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $18,760 to $38,810 per year.

San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles

The San Luis Obispo, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $24.56 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in San Luis Obispo report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $14.82 to $35.08 per hour. Filtered for San Luis Obispo’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $51,090 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $30,830 to $72,970 per year.

Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine

The Irvine, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $25.63 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Irvine report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $19.05 to $32.92 per hour. Filtered for Irvine’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $53,310 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $39,620 to $68,470 per year.

Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta

The Santa Barbara, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $12.68 according to the government survey. Far below the state average. The middle fifty percent of earners in Santa Barbara report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $8.71 to $14.91 per hour. Filtered for Santa Barbara’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $26,380 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $18,130 to $31,020 per year.

Santa Cruz – Watsonville

The Santa Cruz, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $21.94 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Santa Cruz report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $16.15 to $30.99 per hour. Filtered for Santa Cruz’ annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $45,640 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $33,590 to $64,470 per year.

Santa Rosa – Petaluma

The Santa Rosa, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $20.20 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Santa Rosa report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $9.38 to $27.32 per hour. Note that in Santa Rosa, even the middle 50% of earners have a twenty dollar per range of rates. Filtered for Santa Rosa’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $42,020 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $19,510 to $56,810 per year.

Stockton

The Stockton, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $14.39 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Stockton report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $10.35 to $14.74 per hour. Just as in Redding, a few highly paid therapists skewed the average to the top of the expected range; another example of the importance of looking beyond the average. Filtered for Stockton’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $29,930 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $21,530 to $30,660 per year.

Vallejo – Fairfield

The Vallejo, California massage therapist average hourly wage is $19.24 according to the government survey. The middle fifty percent of earners in Vallejo report a massage therapist’s hourly earnings ranges from $16.04 to $24.40 per hour. Filtered for Vallejo’s annual massage therapist’s salary we discovered an average of $40,020 per year with the middle fifty percent range spread from $33,360 to $50,750 per year.

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