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Acupuncture Salary in Idaho - ID

Acupuncturist Salaries in Idaho

The number of acupuncturists in America nearly tripled between 1992 and 2000, and has continued to grow since. Yet the number of acupuncturists practicing in America is much smaller than the number of other alternative health practitioners, like chiropractors and naturopathic physicians. Consequently, as the demand for acupuncture services has grown, the career prospects for acupuncturists have grown as well.

Most acupuncturists in Idaho are located in major cities like Boise and Idaho Falls, but increasing interest in acupuncture in other parts of the state has caused the spread of acupuncturists to smaller towns in rural areas as well.

Currently, the average acupuncture salary in Idaho is $59,000, with some variation between cities, as listed below:

  • Boise: $54,000
  • Nampa: $54,000
  • Idaho Falls: $62,000
  • Pocatello: $51,000

Since most acupuncturists are self-employed, however, the greatest variations in income depend on factors like number of hours worked, number of clients, and hourly rates. Some acupuncturists specialize in an area, like reproductive acupuncture or sports medicine, in order to better define their client base, while others offer general services to a wider range of people. Many acupuncturists also offer other alternative medicine practices, particularly herbal medicine, in order to increase revenue and provide more holistic treatment.

An increasing number of hospitals are hiring alternative medicine practitioners, including acupuncturists, to provide a wider range of services to their patients: 15% of hospitals currently offer complementary and alternative medicine options.

The financial stability of the field has also increased as a greater number of insurance providers have begun to cover acupuncture treatment: in 2006, approximately half of Americans with employer-provided healthcare plans received acupuncture coverage. This percentage is sure to grow as acupuncture becomes more widely recognized. 

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