Graduate Massage Employment Statistics

Of the 169 alumni who graduated between 2013-2016, 43 responded to our alumni employment survey. While this is a small sample size, it provides relevant insight into local massage employment outlook. Many factors will contribute to successful employment outcomes: your schedule flexibility, location, professional experience, and more.

OSM does not guarantee employment or provide placement, but we support our graduates through weekly job opportunity emails, free Massage Connections and LMT Gathering educational events, and we provide referrals to graduates when members of the public call to inquire about massage specialties.

  • Portland graduate practice status. 48.5% are self employed, 33.3% are employed, 15.2% are contracting and 2% are not employed.
  • Salem graduate practice status. 43.5% are employed, 34.8% are self-employed, 17.4% are contracting and 4.3% are not employed.
  • Practice settings of graduates. Most are in private practice renting space, in a chiropractic office setting or working from a home office or outcall setup.
  • Portland graduates practice hours: 41.7% work 10 to 20 hours per week, 25% work more than 20 hours per week, 20.8% work under 5 hours per week, and 12.5% work between 5 and 10 hours per week.
  • Salem Graduate practice hours: 47.1% work 10 to 20 hours per week, 41.2% work more than 20 hours per week, 5.9% work 5 to 10 hours per week, 5.9% work under 5 hours per week.
  • Portland income per week: 50% make between $250 to $400 per week, 29.2% make under $250 per week, 20.8% make $400 to $800 per week
  • Salem practice income: 52.9% make $400-$800 per week, 29.4% make $250 to $400 per week, 17.6% make less than $250 per week.
  • Graduates working a 2nd job: 76.7% do not work in a 2nd occupation, 23.3% work in a 2nd occupation.

"...I look forward to hiring more OSM grads in the future!"

"I feel that the OSM grads that I've interviewed showed an exceptional level of preparedness, professionalism, and confidence through the interview process and I look forward to hiring more OSM grads in the future!" - Dr. Abby Heppner, D.C.

"I know that you have well trained therapists..."

"Thank you very much for your posting of my massage therapist needs. Yes, I did hire a graduate of your school, and I am so pleased with her. I am in need of another on call person. Would you be able to post my ad again? It is so much better for me than putting an ad on Craigslist. I know that you have well trained therapists and that is such a help for me." - Gennie Smith Second Nature Salon Spa