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Employment Outlook

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapists use massage and supporting body treatments for to assist their clients' health and wellbeing, and for therapeutic purposes.


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 15,500 people are currently employed as Massage Therapists in Australia. This is set to increase to 20,000 people by 2019, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

41% of all Massage Therapists are employed in VIC. The area with the lowest number of Massage Therapists is NT, with only 0.9%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 27.8% of Massage Therapists being male and 72.2% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Massage Therapists is 35-44 years old, with 28.7%. A small percentage (6.1%) of people get into this career path older, aged 55-59. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Massage Therapists, with 7% aged 60-64.

Hours Worked

Massage Therapists work an average of 45.6 hours a week which is 4.7 hours higher than the average for all occupations.

Education Level

The majority of Massage Therapists have a Advanced Diploma/Diploma qualification (63.6%) or are at a Bachelor Degree level (20.2%). 100% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Massage Therapist Duties & Tasks

  • Advise clients on how to improve circulation and decrease muscle tension
  • Assist with healing by applying a variety of massage techniques
  • Interview clients to determine specific needs
  • Massage tissues to relieve pain and prevent future illness
  • Provide clients with techniques on stretching and relaxation



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.