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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in New York

The massage therapy licenses in New York are managed by the Office of the Professions.

You can get a license by either education or examination.

The requirements in New York are more strict than in other states.

License by Education

To get licensed in New York, you need 1,000 hours of education.

Popular Programs

The program must be approved by the State Education Department and cover:

  • 200 hours of anatomy, physiology, and neurology
  • 150 hours of instruction in myology and/ or kinesiology
  • 100 hours of pathology
  • 150 hours of general massage therapy theory and practice
  • 50 hours in each of the Eastern and Western traditions
  • 75 hours in hygiene and infection control, first aid, and similar practices
  • 325 hours in advanced massage technique, from which 150 hours of practice

CPR training is also credited if you got your training less than 3 years ago.

School Name Address
American Center for The Alexander Technique 39 West 14th Street Room 507 New York, NY 10011
ASA College 383 Pearl Street Brooklyn, NY 11201
Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage 3 Cerone Commercial Dr. Albany, NY 12205
Finger Lakes Community College 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. Canandaigua, NY 14424
Finger Lakes School of Massage 1251 Trumansburg Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850
Finger Lakes School of Massage 272 North Bedford Rd. Mount Kisco, NY 10549
Mildred Elley 855 Central Ave Albany NY
Morrisville State College 80 Eaton Street Morrisville, NY 13408
New York College of Health Professions 6801 Jericho Turnpike Syosset, NY 11791
New York Institute of Massage 4701 Transit Road Williamsville, NY 14221
Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage 302 North Goodman St. Rochester, NY 14607
Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage 719 East Genesee St. Syracuse, NY 13210
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine 915 Broadway, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10010
Qi Gong Institute of Rochester 595 Blossom Rd. #307 Rochester, NY 14610
Queensborough Community College 222-05 56th Ave. Bayside, NY 11364
Swedish Institute 226 West 26th Street New York, NY 10001
Trocaire College 360 Choate Ave. Buffalo, NY 14220

Candidates in shorter programs

You can apply for a license once you finish 500 hours of training.

The remaining education hours will be left at the Board’s discretion.

You can also choose to enroll in a license-qualifying course as an advanced student, however, you will get a new diploma upon completing it.

This type of program requires you to get extra education hours because, in this state, massage therapy facilities only accept 250 hours of transfer credit.

If you attended a program but did not complete it, the rules above apply.

Testing Criteria

You will be evaluated in a state-specific licensing exam that covers the topics in the training program.

Treatment skills make more than half of the exam.

The exam is available 2 times a year, and requires a prior application as well as having your education verified.

The test costs $260 and is available in New York City, Syracuse, and Buffalo.

It is administered through CASTLE Worldwide.

How to Apply

You will need to have your training reviewed by completing the related application form, as well as provide details on your child support and professional background status.

You also need to pay $108 and have your form legalized.

If you need a temporary permit, you have to fill in a different form and pay a $35 fee.

License by Endorsement

If you have experience as a massage therapist in other states, you can apply for a license by examination in New York.

If your experience ranges from 2 to 4 years, you must meet the 1,000 hours education requirement.

If you worked as a massage therapist for 5 years, you can get licensed with only 800 hours of education.

If you trained for 12 hours a week over 52 weeks, it will count as one year of experience.

Other Info

New York is one of the few states in which the renewal of the license happens every 3 years.

You can get more info regarding licensing if you visit the Office of the Professions website.

For extra industry resources, check out The New York Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.

The median income for massage therapy professionals in New York is pretty high.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
New York $61,956
Hempstead $56,005
Brookhaven $55,335
Islip $55,438
Oyster Bay $58,403
Buffalo $48,967
Babylon $55,438
Rochester $50,476
Huntington $58,403
Yonkers $59,021

Regional Salary in New York

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY200$63,360$30.46$91,970$31,200
Binghamton, NY40$57,100$27.45$86,500$27,460
Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY250$62,820$30.2$88,400$27,460
Ithaca, NY40$61,170$29.41$95,250$29,000
Kingston, NY70$78,000$37.5$100,120$32,750
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA5,220$63,610$30.58$97,690$36,900
Rochester, NY230$59,400$28.56$94,380$29,890
Syracuse, NY90$59,750$28.73$89,360$30,310
* 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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