2018 Vocational Program Rankings: Massage Therapy

The Washington Monthly is the first and only publication to rank America’s best colleges for vocational certificates. To build the rankings, we pulled numbers for the twelve most common undergraduate certificate programs from the U.S. Department of Education’s new “gainful employment” database. For each program, we rank colleges according to the median earnings of their students three years after graduation. For informational purposes, we also show the median debt-to-earnings ratios, annual debt payments, estimated total debt, and outcome under the federal government’s gainful employment criteria—pass, at risk (“zone”), or fail.

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NameMedian annual earningsAnnual debt payments as pct of earningsAnnual debt paymentsEstimated total debtGainful employment outcome
Parker University ( TX ) $27,5194.56$1,255$9,805Pass
Northwestern Health Sciences University ( MN ) $26,4783.54$941$7,352Pass
Columbus State Community College ( OH ) *$24,5713.02$744$5,813Pass
Nashua Community College ( NH ) *$23,9485.22$1,473$11,509Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$23,8963.74$895$6,993Pass
Gentle Healing School Of Massage ( NJ ) °$22,8554.75$1,325$10,352Pass
Lincoln College ( IL ) $22,0912.85$630$4,922Pass
Alaska Career College ( AK ) °$21,5494.29$1,012$7,907Pass
Soma Institute - The National School Of Clinical Massage Therapy ( IL ) °$21,5486.89$1,656$12,938Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$21,4502.89$621$4,852Pass
Centerpoint Massage & Shiatsu Therapy School & Clinic ( MN ) °$21,4297.91$1,773$13,852Pass
Fortis Institute ( MD ) °$21,2183.74$794$6,204Pass
Cortiva Institute - Boston ( MA ) °$21,1365.11$1,311$10,243Pass
Bancroft School Of Massage Therapy ( MA ) °$20,8794.54$1,311$10,243Pass
National University Of Health Sciences (The) ( IL ) $20,8363.16$874$6,829Pass
Indian Hills Community College ( IA ) *$20,7364.32$897$7,008Pass
Aveda Institute ( MN ) °$20,6834.14$857$6,696Pass
Madison Media Institute ( WI ) °$20,0518.88$2,125$16,603Pass
Estelle Medical Academy ( IL ) °$20,0133.08$668$5,219Pass
Kaplan University ( IA ) °$19,9974.4$880$6,875Pass
Miami Dade College ( FL ) *$19,8660$0$0Pass
Herzing University ( WI ) °$19,8537.19$1,440$11,251Pass
Cortiva Institute - Seattle ( WA ) °$19,7896.43$1,454$11,360Pass
Illinois Central College ( IL ) *$19,6500$0$0Pass
University Of Spa & Cosmetology Arts ( IL ) °$19,5323.86$754$5,891Pass
Everest College ( VA ) $19,5278.04$1,678$13,110Pass
Marion County Community Technical & Adult Education Center ( FL ) *$19,4730$0$0Pass
Miller-Motte Technical College ( VA ) °$19,4088.67$1,777$13,884Pass
Knox County Career Center ( OH ) *$19,3166.03$1,166$9,110Pass
American Institute Of Alternative Medicine ( OH ) °$19,2955.86$1,311$10,243Pass
National Institute Of Massotherapy - ( OH ) °$19,1444.62$1,142$8,922Pass
Hamrick School ( OH ) °$18,9537.22$1,370$10,704Pass
Institute For Therapeutic Massage ( NJ ) °$18,9073.55$745$5,821Pass
Universal College Of Healing Arts ( NE ) °$18,8968.62$1,736$13,563Zone
Institute Of Beauty And Wellness (The) ( WI ) °$18,8884.31$874$6,829Pass
La'James International College ( IA ) °$18,8543.44$691$5,399Pass
International Professional School Of Bodywork ( CA ) °$18,7475.94$1,203$9,399Pass
Sunstate Academy ( FL ) °$18,7413.26$611$4,774Pass
Minnesota School Of Business ( MN ) °$18,70013.27$2,830$22,111Zone
Acupuncture And Massage College ( FL ) °$18,5526.35$1,311$10,243Pass
Daymar College ( KY ) °$18,4707.52$1,390$10,860Pass
Dayton School Of Medical Massage ( OH ) °$18,3186.54$1,311$10,243Pass
Everest College ( IL ) $18,3107.87$1,441$11,259Pass
New York Institute Of Massage ( NY ) °$18,2156.59$1,311$10,243Pass
Harris School Of Business ( NJ ) °$18,1495.46$1,029$8,040Pass
Mildred Elley ( NY ) °$18,09411.37$2,121$16,571Pass
First Institute ( IL ) °$18,0925$949$7,415Pass
La' James International College - Des Moines ( IA ) °$18,0584.65$955$7,461Pass
University Of Western States ( OR ) $17,9606.17$1,654$12,923Pass
Columbia College ( VA ) °$17,9183.78$787$6,149Pass
Florida Career College ( FL ) °$17,9099.26$1,781$13,915Zone
Aveda Institute - South Florida ( FL ) °$17,8596.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Solex Medical Academy ( IL ) °$17,8442.83$584$4,563Pass
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges - Olney Central College ( IL ) *$17,7930$0$0Pass
American Institute Of Massage Therapy ( CA ) °$17,6393.89$759$5,930Pass
Stautzenberger College ( OH ) °$17,54111.34$2,283$17,837Pass
Fremont College ( CA ) °$17,5357.96$1,572$12,282Pass
Capri College ( IA ) °$17,4294.35$759$5,930Pass
Spa Tech Institute ( ME ) °$17,4265.73$1,122$8,766Pass
Headlines Academy ( SD ) °$17,4175.01$874$6,829Pass
Blue Sky School Of Professional Massage And Therapeutic Bodywork ( WI ) $17,4136.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Onondaga School Of Therapeutic Massage ( NY ) °$17,3756.33$1,210$9,454Pass
Pinnacle Career Institute ( MO ) °$17,3736.32$1,165$9,102Pass
Western Technical College ( WI ) *$17,3162.2$413$3,227Pass
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College ( WI ) *$17,2442.57$483$3,774Pass
Connecticut Center For Massage Therapy ( CT ) °$17,2190.65$132$1,031Pass
Harris School Of Business ( DE ) °$17,2164.58$968$7,563Pass
Globe University ( MN ) °$17,20214.17$2,561$20,009Fail
Salon Professional Academy, The ( WI ) °$17,1623.09$531$4,149Pass
Southeastern Institute ( NC ) °$17,0984.92$911$7,118Pass
Palm Beach State College ( FL ) *$17,0570$0$0Pass
Cortiva Institute - Scottsdale ( AZ ) °$17,0166.72$1,311$10,243Pass
East West College Of The Healing Arts ( OR ) °$16,9398.74$1,679$13,118Pass
Lansdale School Of Business ( PA ) °$16,9303.35$706$5,516Pass
Branford Hall Career Institute ( CT ) °$16,8446.05$1,207$9,430Pass
Baltimore School Of Massage ( MD ) °$16,8205.9$1,135$8,868Pass
Florida College Of Natural Health ( FL ) °$16,7866.15$1,119$8,743Pass
Hollywood Institute Of Beauty Careers ( FL ) °$16,7722.66$577$4,508Pass
American Institute ( CT ) °$16,7557.45$1,311$10,243Pass
Penn Commercial Business/Technical School ( PA ) °$16,68711.09$2,354$18,392Pass
Ridgewater College ( MN ) *$16,5093.81$700$5,469Pass
Inland Massage Institute ( WA ) °$16,4205.14$966$7,547Pass
Lincoln Technical Institute ( NJ ) °$16,3955.78$1,035$8,086Pass
Daytona State College ( FL ) *$16,3891.71$301$2,352Pass
Sheridan Technical College ( FL ) *$16,3320$0$0Pass
Florida Education Institute ( FL ) °$16,3017.49$1,311$10,243Pass
Elizabeth Grady School Of Esthetics And Massage Therapy ( MA ) °$16,2884.41$947$7,399Pass
Great Lakes Institute Of Technology ( PA ) °$16,2687.49$1,316$10,282Pass
International School Of Skin And Nailcare ( GA ) °$16,2643.57$685$5,352Pass
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$16,1735.39$1,020$7,969Pass
Daymar College ( OH ) °$16,1427.47$1,446$11,298Pass
Utah College Of Massage Therapy ( UT ) °$16,0966.62$1,200$9,376Pass
Saint Paul College - A Community & Technical College ( MN ) *$16,0071.57$267$2,086Pass
La' James International College ( IA ) °$15,8104.98$799$6,243Pass
California Healing Arts College ( CA ) °$15,7548.23$1,698$13,266Pass
National Holistic Institute ( CA ) °$15,7516.84$1,311$10,243Pass
Southeastern College ( FL ) °$15,7287.9$1,244$9,719Pass
Central State Massage Academy ( OK ) °$15,7194.75$827$6,461Pass
Virginia School Of Massage ( VA ) °$15,7136.55$1,119$8,743Pass
Palm Beach Academy Of Health & Beauty ( FL ) °$15,6823.86$755$5,899Pass
Daymar Institute ( TN ) °$15,6797.87$1,320$10,313Pass
La' James International College ( IA ) °$15,6243.66$666$5,203Pass
Sarasota School Of Massage Therapy ( FL ) °$15,5495.84$1,064$8,313Pass
Wellspring School Of Allied Health ( MO ) °$15,5407.21$1,311$10,243Pass
Heritage College ( OK ) °$15,4618.48$1,384$10,813Zone
American Career College ( CA ) °$15,4317.7$1,311$10,243Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( TX ) °$15,3629.53$1,601$12,509Pass
Berks Technical Institute ( PA ) °$15,2729.25$1,505$11,759Zone
Southeastern Institute ( SC ) °$15,2728.55$1,311$10,243Zone
Western Technical College ( TX ) °$15,2622.3$353$2,758Pass
Northcoast Medical Training Academy ( OH ) °$15,2335.11$779$6,086Pass
Lancaster School Of Cosmetology & Therapeutic Bodywork ( PA ) °$15,1093.33$526$4,110Pass
Career Networks Institute ( CA ) °$15,0676.12$1,183$9,243Pass
Iowa School Of Beauty ( IA ) °$15,0355.47$887$6,930Pass
Sanford-Brown College ( FL ) °$15,0315.71$1,049$8,196Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$15,0076.97$1,157$9,040Pass
Augusta School Of Massage ( GA ) °$15,0024.77$787$6,149Pass
Concorde Career College ( TN ) °$14,9636.08$1,043$8,149Pass
Loraines Academy & Spa ( FL ) °$14,9374.79$874$6,829Pass
New Hampshire Institute For Therapeutic Arts ( NH ) °$14,8979.7$1,712$13,376Zone
Dci Career Institute ( PA ) °$14,8765.57$966$7,547Pass
Southeastern Institute ( SC ) °$14,8067.68$1,311$10,243Pass
Center For Natural Wellness School Of Massage Therapy ( NY ) °$14,7497.2$1,311$10,243Pass
Southwest Mississippi Community College ( MS ) *$14,7490$0$0Pass
Atlanta School Of Massage ( GA ) °$14,7197.66$1,311$10,243Pass
Cortiva Institute - Tucson ( AZ ) °$14,6947.63$1,304$10,188Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$14,6435.41$840$6,563Pass
Northwest Career College ( NV ) °$14,6436.79$1,093$8,540Pass
College Of Health Care Professions (The) ( TX ) °$14,5971.87$322$2,516Pass
Georgia Career Institute ( GA ) °$14,5945.83$1,001$7,821Pass
Spencerian College ( KY ) °$14,5639.64$1,601$12,509Zone
Seacoast Career Schools ( ME ) °$14,5516.76$1,122$8,766Pass
Le Cordon Bleu College Of Culinary Arts ( TX ) °$14,51117.04$2,473$19,322Fail
Fortis Institute ( NJ ) °$14,5017.23$1,218$9,516Pass
Genesis Career College ( TN ) °$14,4825.59$874$6,829Pass
Morgantown Beauty College ( WV ) °$14,4234.86$763$5,961Pass
Finger Lakes School Of Massage (The) ( NY ) °$14,4116.78$1,311$10,243Pass
Pinnacle Career Institute ( KS ) °$14,3546.76$1,215$9,493Pass
Carrington College ( CA ) °$14,3079.2$1,451$11,337Pass
Centura College ( SC ) °$14,2499.2$1,311$10,243Zone
Ibmc College ( CO ) °$14,2119.73$1,501$11,727Zone
Lexington Healing Arts Academy ( KY ) °$14,1914.7$947$7,399Pass
Baker College ( MI ) $14,1457.57$1,197$9,352Pass
La' James College Of Hairstyling ( IA ) °$14,1263.33$548$4,282Pass
Health Works Institute ( MT ) °$14,1008.23$1,311$10,243Zone
Beauty Schools Of America ( FL ) °$14,0885.48$911$7,118Pass
Northwestern College ( IL ) °$14,0569.2$1,756$13,720Zone
Fortis Institute ( PA ) °$14,0546.76$1,034$8,079Pass
Bellus Academy ( CA ) °$14,0456.84$985$7,696Pass
Southwest Institute Of Healing Arts ( AZ ) °$14,0455.36$1,035$8,086Pass
Academy Of Cosmetology ( FL ) °$13,9733.97$690$5,391Pass
Missouri College ( MO ) °$13,95913.49$1,976$15,438Pass
Pensacola State College ( FL ) *$13,9110$0$0Pass
Cortiva Institute - Pennsylvania ( PA ) °$13,9106.28$947$7,399Pass
Academy Of Natural Therapy ( CO ) °$13,89710.21$1,473$11,509Zone
Blue Cliff College ( LA ) °$13,8758.19$1,311$10,243Zone
Salter College ( MA ) °$13,8526.53$1,100$8,594Pass
Career Training Academy ( PA ) °$13,7874.7$813$6,352Pass
Pima Medical Institute ( AZ ) °$13,7045.71$1,035$8,086Pass
Delaware Learning Institute Of Cosmetology ( DE ) °$13,6343.79$612$4,782Pass
Miller - Motte Technical College ( TN ) °$13,62711.83$2,073$16,196Pass
Midwest Technical Institute ( IL ) °$13,6237.7$1,144$8,938Pass
Everest University ( FL ) $13,54110.04$1,503$11,743Pass
Platt College ( OK ) °$13,5225.08$865$6,758Pass
Irene'S Myomassology Institute ( MI ) °$13,4514.89$911$7,118Pass
Harris School Of Business ( NJ ) °$13,4466.01$861$6,727Pass
Texas Health School ( TX ) °$13,4353.14$425$3,321Pass
Lake Superior College ( MN ) *$13,3784.39$759$5,930Pass
Valley Grande Institute For Academic Studies ( TX ) $13,3736.38$874$6,829Pass
American Institute ( FL ) °$13,2838.27$1,311$10,243Pass
Myotherapy College Of Utah ( UT ) °$13,2656.68$1,057$8,258Pass
Everest College ( CO ) $13,2609.78$1,319$10,305Zone
Everest College ( VA ) $13,24710.67$1,686$13,173Zone
Universal Therapeutic Massage Institute ( NM ) °$13,2305.03$759$5,930Pass
Massage Therapy Training Institute ( NM ) °$13,2285.56$913$7,133Pass
South Texas Vocational Technical Institute ( TX ) °$13,1725.84$862$6,735Pass
Healing Arts Center ( MO ) °$13,1495.63$1,010$7,891Pass
Bayshire Beauty Academy ( MI ) °$13,0880$0$0Pass
Milan Institute ( CA ) °$13,0859.52$1,311$10,243Pass
Dawn Career Institute ( DE ) °$13,0054.5$708$5,532Pass
Moore Career College ( LA ) °$12,9717.3$1,192$9,313Pass
Tom P. Haney Technical Center ( FL ) *$12,8780$0$0Pass
Everest College ( WA ) $12,86710.98$1,610$12,579Zone
Academy Of Palm Beach ( FL ) °$12,8593.89$659$5,149Pass
Brightwood College ( CA ) °$12,8528.28$1,200$9,376Pass
American Career College ( CA ) °$12,8369.21$1,311$10,243Zone
Florida State College At Jacksonville ( FL ) *$12,7581.3$223$1,742Pass
Withlacoochee Technical College ( FL ) *$12,6390$0$0Pass
Vatterott College ( IA ) °$12,6327.7$1,061$8,290Pass
Heritage College ( CO ) °$12,6018.22$1,311$10,243Zone
Fortis College ( VA ) °$12,4908.12$1,194$9,329Pass
International Academy ( FL ) °$12,4676.5$874$6,829Pass
Owens State Community College ( OH ) *$12,4554.08$696$5,438Pass
Praxis Institute ( FL ) °$12,4526.96$1,018$7,954Pass
School Of Communication Arts Of North Carolina ( NC ) °$12,4308.21$1,311$10,243Pass
Cortiva Institute - Florida ( FL ) °$12,4068.06$1,311$10,243Pass
Orange Technical College - Westside Campus ( FL ) *$12,3720$0$0Pass
Community Care College ( OK ) °$12,2428.65$1,311$10,243Zone
Academy Of Massage And Bodywork ( DE ) °$12,1304.73$731$5,711Pass
Blue Cliff Career College ( AL ) °$12,1167.34$1,093$8,540Pass
Brightwood College ( IN ) °$12,0847.66$1,299$10,149Pass
Pensacola School Of Massage Therapy & Health Careers ( FL ) °$12,0484.56$622$4,860Pass
Arizona College ( AZ ) °$12,0148.9$1,311$10,243Zone
North-West College ( CA ) °$11,9957.36$918$7,172Pass
Eagle Gate College ( UT ) °$11,94211.75$1,658$12,954Zone
Pima Medical Institute ( NM ) °$11,9158.12$1,035$8,086Zone
Professional Hands Institute ( FL ) °$11,8994.58$649$5,071Pass
Everest Institute ( MI ) $11,81610.82$1,553$12,134Zone
Remington College ( TX ) $11,6718.98$1,298$10,141Zone
Aveda Institute - Tallahassee ( FL ) °$11,6238.25$1,311$10,243Zone
Hands On Therapy ( TX ) °$11,5736.18$1,059$8,274Pass
Mountain State School Of Massage ( WV ) °$11,5038.89$1,023$7,993Zone
Northern Wyoming Community College District ( WY ) *$11,3870$0$0Pass
Orion Institute ( OH ) °$11,3604.51$812$6,344Pass
Medical Training College ( LA ) °$11,1814.23$625$4,883Pass
Milan Institute ( CA ) °$11,1558.52$1,311$10,243Zone
Metro Business College ( MO ) °$11,0295.87$759$5,930Pass
Intellitec College ( CO ) °$10,91310.73$1,484$11,594Zone
Healing Mountain Massage School ( UT ) °$10,7635.81$836$6,532Pass
Center For Massage & Natural Health ( NC ) °$10,6096.25$859$6,711Pass
Provo College ( UT ) °$10,40011.68$1,639$12,806Pass
Fortis College ( AL ) °$10,2276.2$866$6,766Pass
Milan Institute Of Cosmetology ( TX ) °$10,1029.65$1,129$8,821Zone
Lake Lanier School Of Massage ( GA ) °$10,09910.05$1,148$8,969Zone
Charter College ( CA ) °$10,09611.15$1,354$10,579Zone
Fort Pierce Beauty Academy ( FL ) °$10,0513.75$552$4,313Pass
Salon Professional Academy - Melbourne, The ( FL ) °$9,9735.84$690$5,391Pass
Milan Institute ( TX ) °$9,8616.9$938$7,329Pass
Brookline College ( AZ ) °$9,8389.73$1,241$9,696Zone
Carrington College ( ID ) °$9,7429.17$1,123$8,774Zone
Coastline Beauty College ( CA ) °$9,6000$0$0Pass
Delta - Montrose Technical College ( CO ) *$9,5160$0$0Pass
Daytona College ( FL ) °$9,4996.19$744$5,813Pass
Healing Hands School Of Holistic Health ( CA ) °$9,4939.06$1,180$9,219Zone
Dade Medical College ( FL ) °$9,4148.23$1,065$8,321Zone
Delta College ( LA ) °$9,2494$630$4,922Pass
Lakewood School Of Therapeutic Massage ( MI ) °$9,0179.62$934$7,297Zone
Charles Of Italy Beauty College ( AZ ) °$8,5768.11$1,020$7,969Zone
Advance Beauty College ( CA ) °$8,5680$0$0Pass
Marinello School Of Beauty ( CA ) °$8,5358.18$868$6,782Pass
Bene'S Career Academy ( FL ) °$7,9247.3$874$6,829Pass
Clarksburg Beauty Academy & School Of Massage Therapy ( WV ) °$7,5206.87$870$6,797Pass
David'S Academy Of Beauty ( CA ) °$7,4430$0$0Pass
National Polytechnic College ( CA ) °$7,18410.95$1,153$9,008Zone
University Of Antelope Valley ( CA ) °$6,77911.78$969$7,571Zone
Intercoast Colleges ( CA ) °$2,70713.48$1,311$10,243Fail
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