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

Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in Virginia

Virginia Board of Nursing issues licenses to massage therapists in this state, though some areas might have extra local laws.

Those over the age of 18 need to complete related education and then pass an exam.

Required Education

The education needed by future massage therapists in Virginia lasts at least 500 hours.

The program must have the approval of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia or from a similar agency from a different state.

Popular Programs

The schools can be checked against the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), as the Board doesn’t keep a list of schools.

School Name Address
Advanced Fuller School of Massage 195 Sout Rosemont Rd. #105 Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Avi Career Training 10130 Colvin Run Rd. #A&B Great Falls, VA 22066
Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy 215 67th St. Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Dabney's Lancaster Community College 1000 Dabney Dr. Clifton Forge, VA 24422
Fortis 6300 Center Dr. #100 Norfolk, VA 23502
Fortis 2000 Westmoreland St. Ste. A Richmond, VA 23230
Le Arai Beauty & Barber Academy 8630 J Lee Hwy Fairfax, VA 22031
Medical Careers Institute 1001 Omni Blvd. #200 Newport News, VA 23606
Miller-Motte Technical College 1011 Creekside Lane Lynchburg, VA 24502
Miller-Motte Technical College 4444 Electric Road Roanoke, VA 24018
Northern Virginia School of Therapeutic Massage 200 Little Falls St. #303 Falls Church, VA 22046
NOVA- Northern Virginia Community College 4001 Wakefield Chapel Rd. Annandale, VA 22003
Nova Training Center 14701 Lee Hwy Suite 306 Centreville, VA 20121
Patrick Henry Community College 645 Patriot Ave. Martinsville, VA 24115
Virginia School of Massage 153 Zan Rd. Charlottesville, VA 22901

Exam for Initial Licensure

Candidates have to take the multiple choice MBLEx exam, for which the candidate bulletin must be read first.

You are also required to pay a $195 fee, and the ATT you will receive is valid for 3 months.

The exam is computer based, and some candidates can apply for a temporary license while waiting to take it.

How to Apply

You have to send in official school transcripts in order to qualify for the exam.

If your school closed, you can get a transcript copy from a licensing agency.

You also need to get a background check and provide paperwork if you have a criminal record.

However, a criminal record is not always base on rejection.

You will have to pay a total of $140 to apply and get the license.

Temporary Licenses

Temporary licenses are valid for 3 months, but forbids the practitioner from practicing under the title of ”licensed massage therapist”.

Your license will be revoked if you fail the exam.

Candidates from other states or countries

If you hold a license in another state, you may be allowed to practice in Virginia.

The Board will verify your credentials and make a decision based on that.

For more info, check out the 18VAC90-50-50 section of the state code.

Candidates from abroad can also practice if they met the requirements settled by the laws in Virginia.


You will have to apply for reinstatement if you missed one license renewal.

For this, you need to prove your skills and pay a $150 fee.

You can download the application form on the site of the Board.

Other Info

You may need to keep updated with the continuing education requirements in Virginia, along with the Disciplinary Provisions.

For more info, contact the Virginia Board of Nursing, who can also provide written materials.

As the rules and regulations change from time to time, make sure to keep updates with them.

You can also check out the Virginia Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association for information related to the industry.

The average salary varies quite a bit from city to city.

Annual Salary Range:
Annual Salary by Location:
Location Avg. Annual Salary
Virginia Beach $49,036
Norfolk $48,298
Chesapeake $48,236
Arlington $56,766
Richmond $51,407
Newport News $48,052
Alexandria $56,766
Hampton $48,052
Roanoke $47,373
Portsmouth $48,298

Regional Salary in Virginia

Region Employed Avg. Annual Salary Avg. Hourly Pay Top 10% Annual Salary Bottom 10% Annual Salary
Charlottesville, VA60$73,880$35.52$96,540$22,880
Lynchburg, VA50$44,800$21.54$65,880$23,990
Richmond, VA290$52,390$25.19$71,170$25,700
Roanoke, VA70$39,190$18.84$66,340$22,880
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC440$49,140$23.63$73,850$25,060
* 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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