Reflexologists massage patients' pressure points, such as their hands and feet, to help them relax, alleviate pain and anxiety and improve their health. They typically use foot and hand charts to guide them in treating various human organs. Some massage therapists, physical therapists and chiropractors may practice reflexology or employ reflexologists. Salaries for reflexologists can vary, depending on their geographical area and experience level.
Salary in the High 30s
Reflexologists made an average of $38,000 in 2014, according to Indeed. Educational standards in this field vary because the practice falls under alternative medicine, and reflexologists can study through home courses. Still, many complete 100 hours of instruction in reflexology, anatomy and clinical practice techniques, and then take exams through the American Reflexology Certification Board.
Less Pay Variation in the Midwest
In 2014, reflexologists’ salaries were generally highest in the South region, Indeed reported, where they averaged $33,000 to $47,000 in Louisiana and the District of Columbia, respectively. Pay variations were lowest in the Midwest, among all four regions, as reflexologists made $28,000 to $43,000 in Nebraska and Illinois, respectively.
Baby Boomers to Spur Growth
The best way to forecast jobs for reflexologists is to examine projections for massage therapists, with whom reflexologists often work. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment for massage therapists to increase 23 percent through 2022, primarily due to aging baby boomers, who will use massage therapy for pain management and health maintenance. Baby boomers may go to reflexologists to help them treat autoimmune diseases, such as chronic fatigue and multiple sclerosis, and to relieve cancer pain.
2016 Salary Information for Massage Therapists
Massage therapists earned a median annual salary of $39,860 in 2016, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. On the low end, massage therapists earned a 25th percentile salary of $27,220, meaning 75 percent earned more than this amount. The 75th percentile salary is $57,110, meaning 25 percent earn more. In 2016, 160,300 people were employed in the U.S. as massage therapists.