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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Texas

In Texas, massage therapists are under the jurisdiction of the Department of State Health Services who issues licenses.

To obtain the license, those interested need to pass 2 exams after completing the required education.

Required Education

The education needed by massage therapy is a program of 500 hours.

They need to study the following content:

Popular Programs

  • Anatomy: 50 hours
  • Kinesiology: 50 hours
  • Physiology: 25 hours
  • Pathology: 40 hours
  • Techniques, theory, and practice of soft tissue manipulation: 200 hours
    • at least 125 hours on Swedish massage therapy technique
  • Hydrotherapy: 20 hours
  • Laws and rules, ethics, and business practice: 45 hours
  • Hygiene, health, universal precautions, first aid, and CPR: 20 hours
  • Internship: 50 hours

Some individuals may need to have their coursework reviewed to see if it meets the standards.

In some cases, the candidates will be allowed to cover the deficiencies, but not repeat coursework.

School Name Address
Academy for Massage 602 NW Loop 410 #122 San Antonio, TX 78216
Alvin Community College 3110 Mustang Rd. Alvin, TX 77511
Amarillo Massage Therapy Institute 2710 Civic Circle #7 Amarillo, TX 79109
A New Beginning School of Massage 2525 Wallingwood Dr. #1501 Austin, TX 78746
Austin Massage Academy 13091 Pond Springs Road, Suite 400 Austin, Texas 78729
Avalon School of Massage 2990 Richmond Ave. #200 Houston, TX 77098
Avenue Five Institute 8620 Burnet Rd. #300 Austin, TX 78757
Hands On Approch 13370 Preston Rd. Dallas, TX 75240
HandsOn Therapy School 1804 North Galloway #A Mesquite, TX 75149
Healing Handz Massage Academy 3591 Luedecke Lane Bryan, TX 77807
Institute of Bodywork Studies 1565 West Main St. #114 Lewisville, TX 75067
Ke Kino Massage Academy 1620 Custer Rd. Plano, TX 75075
Lauterstein-Conway Massage School 4701-B Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78756
Massage Masters School 1203 East Ferguson #104 Pharr, TX 78577
North Texas School of Massage 2335 Green Oaks Blvd. West Arlington, TX 76016
Oceans Massage Therapy School 4920 South Loop 289 Lubbock, TX 79424
Phoenix School of Holistic Health 6600 Harwin #101 Houston, TX 77036
River City Massage School 5313 Walzem Rd. #A San Antonio, TX 78218
Rub Me the Right Way 7420 82nd St. Lubbock, TX 79424
Stone School of Massage 535 WSW Loop 323 #201 Tyler, TX 75701
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute 2144 Central Blvd. Brownsville, TX 78520
The College of Health Care Professions 6330 East Highway 290, Suite 180, Austin, TX 78723
The College of Health Care Professions 7322 Southwest Freeway, Suite 110, Houston, TX 77074
The College of Health Care Professions 12230 Northwest Freeway, Houston, TX 77092
The College of Health Care Professions 4738 NW Loop 410 San Antonio, TX 78229
Texas School of Massage Clear Lake 17043 El Camino Rd. #201 Houston, TX

The Exams

In Texas, the candidates are required to take the MBLEx and the jurisprudence exams.

The MBLEx is offered by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB), but it needs scheduling through Pearson Vue if the application is accepted.

The candidates will have to pay for the MBLEx $195 and to read the candidate bulletin in advance.

The jurisprudence exam costs $35.

To obtain the license in Texas, the candidate needs to have taken the exam in the last 2 years.

Those who got their certification in a different state and still have it, don’t fall under that rule.

Background Checks

All candidates will have to submit to a background check.

Some individuals have a criminal history, but this doesn’t mean they’ll automatically be rejected.

These persons will have to submit explanations of the records.

The records can be checked before enrolling in a program, to verify qualification.

Candidates from Out-of-State

These individuals can get the license through reciprocity if the standards in the state they got their certification, have similar standards.

They will also have to provide verification for their certification, with documents from the jurisdiction issuing it.

International Candidates

If the license was obtained in a different country, translation into English will be required.

Their education would have to be equivalent as well, and this is done through transcripts from the school they attended.


The candidates need to apply online after reading the rules and laws.

Proof for passing the exams is needed, along with transcripts from the school that the coursework was the approved one.

There’s an application fee of  $117.

Becoming an Instructor

Some individuals may want to become an instructor, and for this, they need another license.

They need to attend additional classes related to teaching adults.

These people also need to have practiced for at least 1 year and have at least 500 hours of work experience.

Other Information

The Texas Department of State Health Services has the most recent information related to this career.

There are many factors influencing how much you’ll earn as a massage therapist in Texas.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Houston $52,576
San Antonio $49,878
Dallas $50,798
Austin $50,447
Fort Worth $49,981
El Paso $44,865
Arlington $49,899
Corpus Christi $47,569
Plano $50,579
Laredo $45,430

Regional Salary in Texas

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Austin-Round Rock, TX910$50,990$24.51$70,100$21,960
Corpus Christi, TX70$39,040$18.77$52,070$19,910
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX2,100$48,040$23.09$66,870$27,550
El Paso, TX160$41,290$19.85$55,620$23,090
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX1,780$54,070$26$76,280$27,610
Killeen-Temple, TX90$44,350$21.32$55,590$33,310
Longview, TX**$47,310$22.74$97,140$24,250
Lubbock, TX90$42,970$20.66$59,520$20,580
San Antonio-New Braunfels, TX530$50,680$24.37$74,580$26,400
Tyler, TX40$44,090$21.2$51,520$25,050
* 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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