WHO ARE AMTA MEMBERS?
AMTA’s membership is predominantly female — 85% are female and 15% are male.
50% of AMTA members are between the ages of 35 and 54 with the median age of 49.
1% are age 18-24
13% are age 25-35
21% are age 35-44
29% are age 45-54
36% are age 55+
38% of AMTA members have received at least a bachelor’s degree and 50% have attended some college.
Practice Area Population
30% of AMTA members practive in the South
26% practice in the Midwest
25% practice in the West
19% practice in the Northeast
HOW DO AMTA MEMBERS DESCRIBE THEIR MASSAGE PRACTICES?
Massage therapists provide massage therapy close to 20 hours per week, but are only paid for about 16 hours of this time.
Massage therapists practice in a variety of settings and locations, and in a variety of contractual arrangements. A therapist may practice at several different sites and/or settings in a single day. On average, a massage therapist will work in 1.2 different work settings. Settings that appear to be ‘second jobs’ are in the massage therapist’s home, healthcare, and client’s home or business.
- 38% Travel to Client Locations
- 38% Practice in own home
- 36% Private Practice Solo Office
- 25% In a healthcare facility
- 23% In a spa or salon
- 9% In a health club
- 4% Massage therapy-only franchise or chain
Health Referrals and Insurance Reimbursement
76% of massage therapists receive referrals from healthcare providers. On average, a massage therapist can expect to receive one to two healthcare referrals per month. 19% accept insurance reimbursement.
How Many Work Full-Time and/or Part-Time?
A full-time practice for massage therapy is about 27 hours per week of actual massage.
- 7% work 1-17 hours per week
- 71% work 17-30 hours per week
- 21% work 31-40 hours per week
- 1% work 40+ hours per week
How Many Years In the Profession?
Massage therapists have been working in the business for an average of 12 years. However, for most massage therapists, massage therapy was not their first career—83% of massage therapists had other jobs before practicing massage therapy. Business, healthcare, and education related jobs are the most common careers therapists had before entering the massage industry.
- 38% worked in business prior to massage therapy
- 21% worked in healthcare
- 11%worked in education
- 6% worked in labor/trades
- 6%worked in art/design
- 6% worked in hospitality
- 5% worked in public service/government
- 3% worked in retail
- 3% worked in fitness
Updated: May 1, 2010