Wages probably vary greatly from town to town for massage therapists just like they do for other industries. What people get paid in New York City is probably far, far higher than people get paid in Small Town, USA for EVERY job.
I don't know the exact wages for massage therapists, but I know that many rely on tips for a significant portion of their income. I've had nurse friends and physical therapy friends consider getting certified as massage therapists and most have felt that the income was not worth the investment unless they were planning to incorporate it into their nursing or PT careers and maintain the nurse/PT salaries.
Finally, there are lots of careers where your first, "entry-level" position is a low paying position ... and then after you have experiece, you move up the ladder and earn more money. School makes you eligible for a license, but there is a need for experience before you are skilled enough to merit high pay. That may be the expected structure of the career. It may be that way with massage therapy. I don't know. But if you are concerned, that aspect might be worth investigating.
"Aim for progression, not perfection." -- SP Coach Nancy
"There is hope for me. There is hope for all of us." -- llou
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