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Nebraska Massage Therapists Salary - NE

Nebraska’s massage therapists earn a median hourly wage of $13.20.  An average Nebraska massage therapist salary is $27,405 per year, according to Nebraska Occupational Employment Statistics Employment and Wage Estimates. The national median hourly wage for this career is $16.78, or $34,900 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau on Labor Statistics.


Entry-level massage therapists in Nebraska start at $8.10 per hour, or $16,875 per year, and experienced massage therapists earn $22.90 per hour, or $47,620 per year, according to Nebraska labor statistics. Indeed.com estimates the average massage therapy salary is $53,000 statewide, including the largest cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue and Grand Island.

Massage therapy, also known as bodywork, can be a full-time career or part-time job that provides additional income for skilled people who meet the state’s licensing requirements in Nebraska. Massage therapists use a variety of bodywork techniques and strokes that manipulate soft tissue to relieve stress, treat physical ailments, soothe muscle strain, and rehabilitate injuries.

Historians have determined that the practice – sometimes known as friction – dates back centuries in Asian cultures. Massage therapists in Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Grand Island and other Nebraska cities can specialize in dozens of modalities, or specialties, which target specific muscles and energy through a unique massage technique.

Some massage therapists specialize in one or a handful of techniques or modalities, while others find that they are more marketable if they offer multiple massage techniques. Some popular massage types include reflexology, deep-tissue massage, neuromuscular, Swedish, shiatsu, hydrotherapy, stone massage, therapeutic touch, craniosacral (CST), and Thai massage.

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