Massage Therapy

From the serene shores of Cape Cod to the bustling metropolis of Boston, Massachusetts massage schools offer you a chance to become a certified massage therapist.

Graduates of massage therapy colleges in Massachusetts can work in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and even doctors' offices, in addition to the usual salons and spas that employ licensed practitioners. There are often opportunities for employment with sports teams and high-end hotels, too.

State License Requirements

Massage schools in Massachusetts provide a course of study that includes a minimum 650 classroom hours of instruction. Massachusetts is one of the few states in the nation that does not currently have a requirement that therapists pass a national certification examination, though this is always subject to change. Massage therapists who want a license in the state must provide the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Massage Therapy with two professional reference letters. One must be from a massage therapist or instructor, or a medical practitioner or health care provider with whom the candidate has had a professional relationship. This letter is to speak about the candidate's integrity and competence in the field of massage therapy. The second letter must speak to the candidate's business or professional integrity, but can be from any unrelated individual

Education Details

Massage therapists in Massachusetts treat each patient individually based on the specific needs and concerns of the client, with a totally customized approach to each person. Goals of therapy may include rehabilitating an injury, managing stress or improving the immune system, among many others benefits of massage. The field of massage therapy is growing as people focus more on preventing illness and on their own well-being. A trained massage practitioner can be an effective partner with the patient to ensure lifelong health. Jobs in the profession should grow by 20% over the next several years, faster than many other career choices according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

License Renewal
License Renewal Hours
1 Year*
License Renewal Period

To earn your massage therapy license in Massachusetts you will need to complete a program that includes a minimum of 650 hours of practical training. You will not need to take a written exam in this state. However, you will need to submit an application, along with a $225 fee for your initial license. Once you are approved, you will renew your massage therapy license every year, and submit a $150 fee with your application to the Board of Registration of Massage Therapy. There are no continuing education requirements in Massachusetts.

Job Outlook Decrease
Between 2012 - 2022

Licensed massage therapists in Massachusetts earn an annual mean salary of approximately $42,600 according to the 2010 report of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, not including tips. (This is roughly equivalent to $20.48 per hour before tips.) The national mean salary for massage therapists is $39,920, or approximately $19.19 per hour. The metropolitan area near Nashua, NH and parts of Massachusetts ranks 10th highest in the nation for mean annual salary among all metropolitan areas. Licensed therapists in that area earn a mean annual salary of $59,400, or approximately $28.56 per hour - well above the national average.

Working as a Massage Therapist

The southwestern Massachusetts non-metropolitan area also ranks 1st in the nation for the highest concentration of massage therapy jobs and massage therapy job locations for all non-metropolitan areas. This area also ranks 3rd in the nation for highest mean annual salary for massage therapists working in non-metropolitan areas. Salaries in the southwestern Massachusetts area have an average mean of $63,090, or $30.33 per hour.

State board Contact Information

Massachusetts Board of Registration of Cosmetologists
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118
Phone Number: 617-727-9940
Fax Number: 617-727-1627
E-mail Address:

The Massachusetts State Board of Cosmetology can help you with replacing a lost cosmetology license, or updating a change of name or address information, as well as answer additional questions about obtaining your Massachusetts cosmetology license.

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Mildred Elley

100 West Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

Program: Massage Therapy

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