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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Missouri

Massage therapists in Missouri must follow the rules set by the Board of Therapeutic Massage.

To get licensed, these professionals must first complete their education and pass the exam.

The license in Missouri has several levels, with the lowest one being “student.”

Students can perform therapeutic massage on the public.

Popular Programs

Required Education

The state code required future massage therapists to complete an educational program of at least 500 hours, either at a specialized school or as part of an apprenticeship.

The school may be authorized by:

  • *the Coordinating Board of Higher Education (CBHE)
  • the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • a regional accrediting agency
  • an agency from a different state

The programs must include:

  • 300 hours-theory and practice of massage therapy
  • 100 hours -anatomy and physiology
  • 50 hours -business practice, hygiene, ethics, and Missouri massage law
  • 50 hours – ancillary therapies, including CPR training

Mentoring programs have different standards.

School Name Address
A Gathering Place Massage Therapy School 12131 Dorsett Rd. Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Elements of Wellness School of Massage 7201 Delmar Blvd. #202 University City, MO 63130
Metro Business College 2132 Tenbrook Rd. Arnold, MO 63010
Metro Business College 1732 North Kingshighway Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Metro Business College 1407 Southwest Blvd. Jefferson City, MO 65109
Metro Business College 1202 East Highway 72 Rolla, MO 65401
Midwest Institute 4260 Shoreline Dr. Earth City, MO 63045
Midwest Institute 10910 Manchester Rd. Kirkwood, MO 63122
Professional Massage Training Center 229 East Commercial St. Springfield, MO 65803
Vatterott College 3131 Frederick Ave. St. Joseph, MO 64506
WellSpring School of Allied Health 9140 Ward Parkway #100 Kansas City, Missouri 64114

The Exam

There are several Board-approved  exams:

  • The Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx), offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards
  • The National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage (NCETM)
  • The National Certification Examination for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB)
  • The Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Examination
  • The American Medical Massage Association National Board Certification Examination (AMMA NBCE)

Some of these exams are no longer offered, and the agencies offering them can supply more information, as the MBLEx is the one most accepted across the country.

The state code may accept other appropriate tests.

Those interested in taking the exam can be issued provisional licenses if they scheduled the exam through Pearson Vue, but have yet to take it.

That being said, applications for the MBLEx are approved within a week and the candidates receive an ATT.

Candidates who have to take the exam have to pay the $195 testing fee.

The results are sent to the licensing agency mentioned in the application form.

Special Requirements

Future massage therapists have to prove they have a clean criminal background, by submitting their fingerprints to the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI.

Fingerprints can be collected electronically as well, at UPS stores.

This step has to be completed before applying, and the vendor is Cogent 3M.

The background check costs $44.80 and a recent photo is also needed.

Results are sent directly to the agency issuing the license, but applicants have to keep their receipts to attach to the application.

Liability insurance is another request for candidates.


Candidates can find application forms on the Missouri Division of Professional Registration website.

You should know that not everyone applies at the same stage, but they will also find all the materials for the student, provisional and permanent levels.

The last 2 stages require official copies of school transcripts.

If these are not available, the mentor can fill out a part of the application.

Those with some criminal history will need to provide explanations.

License verification will be needed by those who held certification in other states or countries.

The status of the application can be seen online.

Other Information

The license for massage therapists in Missouri has to be renewed every 2 years, like in most other states.

Other information and updates can be found on the Board’s website.

How much you’ll earn once you get hired will depend on your expertise, experience, and certifications.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Kansas City $50,266
St. Louis $50,415
Springfield $49,428
Columbia $49,872
Independence $50,212
Lee's Summit $50,075
O'Fallon $50,005
St. Joseph $49,789
St. Charles $50,142
St. Peters $50,032

Regional Salary in Missouri

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Columbia, MO80$44,470$21.38$74,930$23,190
Kansas City, MO-KS490$43,860$21.09$64,330$23,190
St. Louis, MO-IL710$45,230$21.74$76,570$23,780
Springfield, MO90$34,400$16.54$59,640$23,190
* 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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One Comment
  1. Avatar for amanda acklie amanda acklie

    I have been wanting to start a career in massage therapy. just haven’t started yet.

    I plan to move to Missouri and would like to know where I can go to begin. thanks.

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