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The State of Nevada Massage Therapist Requirements

Throughout the 110,567 square miles of the Silver State, approximately 3,800 massage therapists work to help the more than 2.8 million people in their state find relief from pain, rehabilitation from injuries, and comfort in the midst of stress and anxiety.

With 586,536 people in Las Vegas, 267,270 people in Henderson, and 185,304 people in Paradise, massage therapists who work in Nevada can find an engaged environment to open, continue, or join a massage therapy business.

How Do I Become A Massage Therapist in Nevada?

If you’re ready to move into your career as a massage therapist in Nevada, you must register with the Nevada Board of Massage Therapy. The application fee is $5. 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 500 hours from an approved massage therapy program and have passed a written exam accredited by the NCCA.

You can find application request forms on their website.

Where Can I Study?

The Nevada Board of Massage Therapy provides a list of schools that are NOT approved in Nevada. Make sure the school in which you would like to complete your 500 required hours is not on this list.

Below are two approved schools in Nevada to help you get started on what you may be looking for in a massage therapy education

  • Nevada School of Massage Therapy: Accredited by the ACCET, this school allows students to perform more than 200,000 massages per year in the weekend student clinic. Many graduates work at top industry employers and experience career assistance throughout their careers.
  • The Bodhi Tree Center for Healing Arts: Designed to allow graduates to be licensed in Nevada, California, and Arizona, this school’s 600 hour massage program offers students a unique blend of basic and advanced skills to help them with their professional careers. For five years, 100 percent of their graduates have passed the licensing exam on the first try.

Other education options include Ralston School of Massage and Nevada Career Institute.

How Much Will I Earn?

The average annual wage of a massage therapist in Nevada was $26,210 in 2014. This is on the lower side of state earnings, with the average national salary at $41,790. However, massage therapists who work in Las Vegas-Paradise have the opportunity to earn a slightly higher salary, with the average for this city at $26,530 annually.