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Massage Therapist Average Salary in Australia 2020

How much money does a Massage Therapist make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
56,600 AUD
( 4,720 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Massage Therapist in Australia typically earns around 56,600 AUD per year. Salaries range from 27,700 AUD (lowest) to 88,300 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Massage Therapist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Massage Therapist Salary Distribution in Australia

Median and salary distribution yearly Australia Massage Therapist
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Massage Therapist salaries in Australia range from 27,700 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 88,300 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 57,700 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Massage Therapist(s) are earning less than 57,700 AUD while the other half are earning more than 57,700 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Massage Therapist(s) are earning less than 38,400 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 38,400 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Massage Therapist(s) are earning less than 74,400 AUD while 25% are earning more than 74,400 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Massage Therapist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Massage Therapist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Massage Therapist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 32,900 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 42,300 AUD per year, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 58,300 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Massage Therapist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 72,200 AUD per year, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 77,400 AUD per year, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 82,500 AUD per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Massage Therapist average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
32,900 AUD
2 - 5 Years+29%
42,300 AUD
5 - 10 Years+38%
58,300 AUD
10 - 15 Years+24%
72,200 AUD
15 - 20 Years+7%
77,400 AUD
20+ Years+7%
82,500 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Massage Therapist Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Massage Therapist(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Massage Therapist salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of a Massage Therapist is 42,300 AUD per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 60,400 AUD per year, 43% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 83,400 AUD per year, 38% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Massage Therapist average salary difference by education level in Australia

High School
42,300 AUD
Certificate or Diploma+43%
60,400 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+38%
83,400 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Massage Therapist Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly Australia Massage Therapist
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Massage Therapist employees in Australia earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

54,700 AUD
58,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Massage Therapist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Massage Therapist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapist(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Massage Therapist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Massage Therapist
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A Massage Therapist is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

44% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 56% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,700 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Massage Therapist Average Hourly Wage in Australia

27 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 27 AUD. This means that the average Massage Therapist in Australia earns approximately 27 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Massage Therapist VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Massage Therapist and Fitness / Hair / Beauty yearly Australia
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The average salary for Massage Therapist is 24% less than that of Fitness / Hair / Beauty. Also, Fitness / Hair / Beauty salaries are 18% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Aromatherapist104,000 AUD+84%
Art Therapist73,200 AUD+29%
Assistant Spa Manager79,100 AUD+40%
Beauty Advisor74,500 AUD+32%
Beauty Educator85,300 AUD+51%
Beauty Shop Coordinator49,400 AUD-13%
Beauty Supply Manager122,000 AUD+120%
Beauty Therapist74,700 AUD+32%
Cosmetic Sales40,000 AUD-29%
Cosmetologist65,000 AUD+15%
Day Spa Manager139,000 AUD+150%
Esthetician32,200 AUD-43%
Fitness and Wellness Coordinator77,500 AUD+37%
Fitness Instructor50,300 AUD-11%
Hair Replacement Specialist112,000 AUD+98%
Hair Stylist41,300 AUD-27%
Health Coach93,400 AUD+65%
Massage Therapist56,600 AUD+0%
Masseur43,900 AUD-22%
Natural Remedy Consultant103,000 AUD+82%
Naturopath and Acupuncturist42,100 AUD-26%
Occupational Therapist61,700 AUD+9%
Occupational Therapy Assistant43,000 AUD-24%
Physical Therapy Attendant41,800 AUD-26%
Recreational Therapist54,600 AUD-3%
Salon Assistant42,900 AUD-24%
Salon Manager119,000 AUD+110%
Spa Manager135,000 AUD+140%
Spa Supervisor109,000 AUD+93%
Sport and Recreation Manager133,000 AUD+140%
Tattoo Artist36,300 AUD-36%
Weight Loss Consultant122,000 AUD+120%
Yoga Instructor84,600 AUD+50%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide54,700 AUD
Brisbane60,900 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan52,500 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed57,400 AUD
Gosford48,100 AUD
Melbourne58,100 AUD
Newcastle53,200 AUD
Perth57,800 AUD
Sunshine Coast52,000 AUD
Sydney61,300 AUD
Wollongong52,700 AUD
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