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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

The 60/hr. myth. - For aspiring MTs

I know many MTs that enter the profession with the hyped up "You can make sixty dollars an hour as a massage therapist!" That's exciting I know, however, the reality is that it takes some time and also their are costs involved in getting that sixty dollars. When you have your own business their will be costs. When you work for someone else they will not pay you the full amount that the client pays - they have costs too. The other side is that in this profession it is physically impossible to do 40 hours of massage consistently. I imagine the body could take it for a few weeks or so, after that, good luck using your arms or hands for anything. The work is physical labor in the utmost form.
The massage schools - even my alma mater - throw the number out because it sounds exciting. It is, who could deny that. However, the business of massage is not as simple as hanging a sign or simply telling friends who tell friends or even working at a spa or in a salon. Like anything, you have to work for your money. It is a rewarding field don't get me wrong. The money should not be your only drive - again true with anything - you have to be willing to put some effort in.
If you look deeper into the statistics the average massage therapist "salary" is a little over 32,000 per year. This works out to about 10 hours per week - which is pretty good by some standards. There will be great weeks and there will be terrible weeks. I'm sure I will post more on this at a later date as whenever I hear that a school is selling themselves with the "60 dollar per hour myth" It really gets under my skin - hahaha. Another statistic - 80 percent of MTs leave the field after two years or less. (note: this is proof that the sales pitch works)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

according to the AMTA, their fact sheet on their own web site states their average therapist earns $39.00 an hour with tips and sees 41 clients per month so to do the math their average therapist makes
$1,599 per month $19,188 for the year.. Yet the AMTA fails to do that math, but will instead say the average therapist seeing 15 clients per week will earn $30,000 a year, that is the number the schools will use, yet their own figures state nearly $11,000 less each year.