Craniosacral Therapy Salaries

How much do independently employed craniosacral therapists earn?

It is hard to pinpoint exactly how much independently employed craniosacral therapists earn per hour or on an annual basis, and part of the issue, according to Pam Hower with the Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy Association of North America (BCTA/NA), is that people are involved in so many different aspects of this field that it results in different levels of earnings.

"Some work with adults, some work with babies, some work with various illnesses," she said, speaking specifically about members of the non-profit organization. "They are all different. Some lease space. Some teach other therapists. Our organization is comprised of many different types of people with many different specialties."

Hower points out that one way to determine how much can be earned in the field is to look at how much therapists charge for services: Sometimes therapists can earn more for the initial appointment, up to $150. Afterward, there could be a series of one-hour appointments scheduled, in which therapists could charge between $80 to $125 per hour. For longer appointments, at 90 minutes, they could earn between $120 to $185.

They may make less for appointments with children, Hower says, perhaps around $65, because these appointments are typically shorter, at about 30 minutes. How much craniosacral therapists can earn depends on the size of their client base, the number of treatments needed by patients and whether they are interested in having a light or busy schedule, she says.

Craniosacral therapist rates are often similar to or slightly higher than those charged by massage therapists. In fact, some craniosacral therapists also do massage therapy. Massage therapists earned mean annual wages of $41,790, as of May 2014, according to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This may provide a sense of the potential earnings of craniosacral therapists.


  1. Craniosacral Therapy Pricing. http://craniosacralsandiego.com/craniosacral_therapy_prices.html
  2. Pam Hower, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy of North America (BCTA/NA). interviewed by the author via e-mail June 2015, https://www.craniosacraltherapy.org/
  3. Massage Therapists, Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, May 2014. http://craniosacralsandiego.com/craniosacral_therapy_prices.html
  4. Oasis Center for Craniosacral Therapy. http://oasiscst.com/resources/?resource_id=10
  5. Solace Day Spa. http://www.solace-dayspa.com/craniosacral.html

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