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The State of Arizona Massage Therapist Requirements

Throughout the 113,998 square miles of The Grand Canyon State, approximately 9,900 massage therapists work to help the more than 6 million people in their state find relief from pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and comfort in the midst of stress and anxiety.

With 1,445,632 people in Phoenix, 520,116 people in Tucson, and 439,041 people in Mesa, massage therapists who work in Arizona can find an engaged environment to open, continue, or join a massage therapy business.

How Do I Become A Massage Therapist in Arizona?

If you’re ready to move into your career as a massage therapist in Arizona, you must register with the Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy. The registration fee is $217. Once you are registered, you must receive licensure by the Board. If you do not register, you will be working illegally and can receive a fine.

In order to receive this license, you must complete a minimum of 700 hours from an approved massage therapy program certified by the Board.

You can find application request forms on their website.

Where Can I Study?

The Arizona State Board of Massage Therapy provides a list of approved schools where future LMTs can complete their 700 required hours.

Tempe and Phoenix are the most popular choices for schools in Arizona, with two leading schools in this area: Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and Arizona School of Massage Therapy.

  • Southwest Institute of Healing Arts: Located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, this school provides students with flexibility and choice. Students who complete one of the two programs offered at SWIHA will be eligible to apply for licensure and will receive life-long job placement assistance, entrepreneurial and career coaching, resume assistance and full licensing support.
  • Arizona School of Massage Therapy: Training massage therapists for more than 30 years, students at this school perform more than 200,000 massages per year in the weekend clinic. Accredited by the ACCET, graduates work with top industry employers and continue to receive career assistance.

Other education options include American Western College in Yuma, and Arizona School of Integrative Studies in Clarkdale.

How Much Will I Earn?

The average annual wage of a massage therapist in Arizona was $42,310 in 2014. This is on the higher side of state earnings, with the average national salary at $41,790. Massage therapists who work in Prescott have the opportunity to earn a higher salary, with the average for this city at $57,130 annually.