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Bell Curve


Butterfingers. Salary: $16,000 

You recently got your massage license and now you're plying your craft to everyone you know. Everyone says they love your technique, but for some reason whenever you ask them if they want more pressure, they scream No! at you. Maybe this happens to all massage therapists.


That's the Spot. Salary: $27,000 

You own a small private practice—which is basically just you and the portable table you keep in your car. You like being your own boss, but bouncing from house to house isn't helping your stress level. Not to mention it's fairly difficult to hold the wheel properly after seeing seven clients in six hours. You're just happy to make it home each day.


The Knotbreaker. Salary: $38,000 

You work at a physician's office, providing massage therapy for the injured and elderly. Helping people is part of the reason you got into massage in the first place, and these people definitely need it. It's also great on your hands; after all, if you squeeze too hard you might accidentally break Grandpa Joe's spine. Better make sure to be gentle...


Working it Out. Salary: $49,000 

You're the head massage therapist at a beachfront resort. You spend your days at the table, your weekends in the pool, and your evenings wining and dining in the perfect weather. When it comes to relaxing, you've got it covered—and so do your clients, who make you a part of their overall vacation experience.


Master Masseuse/Masseur. Salary: $60,000 

Known as the best massage in town, your practice is so large you need to open up a second office just to get to all of your clients. You've got a team of licensed therapists working for you. That's actually really fantastic; your hands stopped working about six years ago and you've mostly just been winging it since then.