Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Michigan – Schools, Salary, and License Info

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Michigan

In Michigan, you must undergo training and an exam in order to get your massage therapist license.

Schooling Requirements

To get your certification, you should have 500 hours of education covering the following areas:

  • Instruction in massage/ bodywork theory, technique, and assessment: 200 hours
  • Instruction in body systems, to include kinesiology, anatomy, and physiology: 125 hours
  • Instruction in business and practice management: 4 hours
  • Ethics instruction: 6 hours
  • Pathology coursework: 40 hours

You will also need to practice for 40 hours in a massage clinic.

You can attend online classes in pathology, body systems, and business/ ethics/ professional practice.

Popular Programs

But, you cannot take online the classes needed to get your certification.

The program you attend must be approved by the Board.

School Name Address
Ann Arbor Institute of Massage Therapy 180 Jackson Plaza #100 Ann Arbor, MI 48103
Baker College 4500 Enterprise Dr. Allen Park, MI 48101
Baker College 34950 Little Mack Ave. Clinton Township, MI 48035
Baker College 1903 Marquette Ave. Muskegon, MI 49442
Baker College 1020 South Washington St. Owosso, MI 48867
Baker College 3403 Lapeer Rd. Port Huron, MI 48060
Bayshire Beauty Academy Bay City 917 Saginaw St. 989 894-2431 Bay City, MI 48708
Blue Heron Academy 740 West Lake Lansing Rd. #400 East Lansing, MI 48823
Blue Heron Academy 2040 Raybrook, SE #104 Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Blue Heron Academy 4341 South Westnedge #2110 Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Blue Heron Academy 40 East Norton Ave. Muskegon, MI 49444
Blue Heron Academy 812 South Garfield Ave. #1 Traverse City, MI 49686
Carnegie Institute 550 Stephenson Hwy. #100-110 Troy, MI 48083
Guardian Massage & Reflexology School 40580 Van Dyke #D Sterling Heights, MI 48313
Healing Hands Holistic Health Center 23925 Denton Clinton Township, MI 48036
Health Enrichment Center 204 East Nepessing St. Lapeer, MI 48446
IHSI Institute of Massage 121 South Anderson Plainwell, MI 49080
Institute of Natural Therapies 21464 Paavola Rd. Hancock, MI
Institute of Sanative Arts 0-11279 Tallmadge Woods Dr. Suite C Grand Rapids, MI 49534
Irene's Myomassology Institute 26061 Franklin Rd. Southfield, MI 48033
Kalamazoo Center for Healing Arts 6350 West KL Ave. Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Lakewood School of Therapeutic Massage 1102 6th Street Port Huron, MI 48060
Lansing Community College 515 N Washington Square Room 108 Lansing, MI 48933
Marquette Massage 125 West Washington St. Marquette, MI
Schoolcraft College 18600 Haggerty Rd. Livonia, MI 48152
Stautzenberger Institute 9449 Hix Rd. Livonia, MI 48150

Exam Criteria

The MBLEx is the exam required to get licensed and is available in English and Spanish.

The exam costs $195, and you will need to read the information bulletin as well as prove your training.

The exam results are usually available within a day.

Background Check

You will need to have your fingerprints checked electronically by a service that is accepted by the Michigan State Police.

For this, you have to show your agency ID number.

If you come from another state, you will have your fingerprints taken on a standard FBI (FD-258) card and processed by Identogo.

The process costs $62.75.

Application Process

The application includes a section that needs to be filled in by the director of your school, stating you have completed your program.

You also need to send official high school transcripts and provide more info if you answered positively to some questions related to health or criminal offenses.

The application costs $95 and you will have to wait 2 weeks or more before receiving a response.

Coming From Other States

If you were licensed in a different state for less than 5 years, you need to show proof of experience and education.

If your certification is older than 5 years, such verification is not needed.

However, you still need to bring proof you completed high school and passed an exam.

Coming From Other Countries

You need to get your credentials verified by a service that is accepted by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.

If your training was done in another language, you have to show scores from the TOEFLibt or the TOEFL and the TSE.

If you take the TOEFLibt, you need scores of at least:

  • Reading: 22
  • Listening: 22
  • Speaking: 26
  • Writing: 24

If you have a score of a minimum 50 on the TSE, a score of 550 TOEFL is also accepted.

Other Info

Contact The Michigan Board of Massage Therapy at ‘’ if you need extra info and The Michigan Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association for more resources.

You will have to renew your license every 3 years, unlike in many other states where the rule is for 2 years.

The salary is on par with the rest of the country but depends on experience and other credentials you may have.

Below, you can see the median salary in major Michigan cities.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Detroit $52,463
Grand Rapids $49,959
Warren $52,463
Sterling Heights $52,299
Ann Arbor $53,205
Lansing $50,133
Flint $47,499
Dearborn $52,463
Livonia $52,299
Troy $52,272

Regional Salary in Michigan

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Ann Arbor, MI100$56,550$27.19$86,690$33,880
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI780$60,050$28.87$88,250$30,690
Flint, MI80$60,480$29.08$83,990$35,110
Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI210$57,820$27.8$84,080$29,240
Jackson, MI40$52,150$25.07$70,410$29,270
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI130$65,970$31.72$107,210$34,790
Lansing-East Lansing, MI90$58,210$27.99$83,300$44,940
Niles-Benton Harbor, MI30$63,840$30.69$82,790$40,150
Saginaw, MI40$54,240$26.08$71,780$28,680
* Salary information based on the May 2022 Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) Survey for Massage Therapists, OCC Code 31-9011, BLS.
* Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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