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Massage Therapist

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing

Highlights

License required in 39 states
50th most burdensome licensing requirements
18th most heavily regulated occupation

(Last updated April 24, 2012)

Definition

Massage therapists massage customers for hygienic or remedial purposes.

Summary

Thirty-nine states license massage therapists. Twenty-five states require nearly four months of education and training, while others require more, up to about 11 months in Maryland. Other requirements for massage therapists are fairly consistent across states, with all states requiring passage of at least one exam and nearly all states imposing a minimum age on practitioners. On average, licensure costs applicants $181 in fees and 139 days of education/experience, the 50th most burdensome requirements. Because it is licensed in 39 states, it ranks as the 18th most widely and onerously licensed occupation.

(Last updated May 1, 2012)

State Licensing Requirements

Burden RankStateFeesEducation/Experience (Days)ExamsMinimum GradeMinimum Age
1 Maryland 775 327 2 0 18
2 New York 115 233 1 12 18
3 Nebraska 25 233 1 0 19
4 North Dakota 150 175 1 12 18
5 New Hampshire 125 175 2 12 0
6 Ohio 285 175 1 12 0
7 Mississippi 50 163 2 12 18
8 Arizona 189 163 1 0 18
9 New Mexico 75 152 2 12 18
10 Alabama 185 152 1 0 18
11 Wisconsin 57 140 2 12 18
12 Utah 95 140 2 0 18
13 Kentucky 125 140 1 0 18
14 Hawaii 130 133 1 0 18
15 Arkansas 325 117 2 12 18
16 Pennsylvania 300 117 3 0 18
17 Texas 204 117 3 0 18
18 North Carolina 170 117 1 12 18
19 South Carolina 150 117 1 12 18
20 Georgia 125 117 1 12 18
21 Louisiana 175 117 2 12 0
22 Maine 71 117 1 12 18
23 Massachusetts 225 117 0 12 18
24 Illinois 0 117 1 12 18
25 Nevada 375 117 1 0 18
26 Tennessee 110 117 2 0 18
27 Washington, D.C. 262 117 1 0 18
28 Florida 205 117 1 0 18
29 Washington 280 117 2 0 0
30 Idaho 175 117 1 0 18
31 Virginia 105 117 1 0 18
32 Delaware 104 117 1 0 18
33 Missouri 100 117 1 0 18
34 Rhode Island 50 117 1 0 18
35 Connecticut 300 117 1 0 0
36 New Jersey 270 117 1 0 0
37 West Virginia 225 117 1 0 0
38 Iowa 220 117 1 0 0
39 South Dakota 165 117 1 0 0

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