Acupuncturists
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Diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders by stimulating specific acupuncture points within the body using acupuncture needles. May also use cups, nutritional supplements, therapeutic massage, acupressure, and other alternative health therapies.
Titles for this career often contain these words
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Education
About 81% of acupuncturists have a graduate-level education, and 93% have at least a bachelor's degree.
Education attained by acupuncturists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Context: workers with graduate degrees
More acupuncturists have graduate degrees than 97% of other careeers.
Employment
Workforce size
Acupuncturists, with 56,800 workers, are near the middle of all careers in the number employed.
Predicted employment growth
Over the next decade, jobs for acupuncturists are expected to grow by 11%, and should have about 3,400 job openings a year.
Salaries
Context: Median Salary
How do salaries for acupuncturists and healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners, all other compare to other jobs' salaries?
Distribution: What salary can you expect?
See what most acupuncturists and healthcare diagnosing or treating practitioners, all other earn.
$76K$0$50K$100K$150K
Gender
Women account for 61% of acupuncturists -- that's a larger percentage than 73% of other jobs.
Gender of acupuncturists
Men
Women
Context: Salary inequity
For each career, we compared the median (middle) men's salary to the median women's salary. Women acupuncturists actually earned more than men -- a very rare occurance among careers!
Race/Origin
About 36% of acupuncturists are minority, and 33% are foreign-born.
Race/origin of acupuncturists
White
Black
Pacific Islander
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
Other
Context: Foreign-born workers (33%)
Where are the most jobs?
We ranked the number of jobs in Acupuncturists per thousand workers in each state, DC, and Puerto Rico. Blue indicates low density, with lighter shades moving to yellow indicating higher numbers working in this profession.
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Benefits
How do benefits for this career compare to other jobs?
Context: Employer offers health insurance
Context: Employer offers a pension plan
Worker concerns
Some jobs are more stressful than others, and some are just plain dangerous. The following list gives the percentages of acupuncturists who report hazardous or difficult situations typically occurring at least once a week.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections (84%)
  • Consequence of Error (47%)
  • Time Pressure (36%)
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety (33%)
SOURCES:
Salary and diversity
What do acupuncturists earn?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides company-reported job titles and corresonding salaries. This data excludes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for acupuncturists (BLS Salary Data)
$76K$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median salaries across careers (BLS Salary Data)
$76K$0$50K$100K$150K
The American Community Survey (ACS) asks individuals to report their occupation and salary, and as such includes self-employed workers.
Distribution: Salaries for acupuncturists (ACS Salary Data)
$51K$0$50K$100K$150K
Context: Median salaries across careers (ACS Salary Data)
$51K$0$50K$100K$150K
Specialized Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, including Acupuncturists: Inflation-adjusted salary trend
This job's median $57KAll jobs' median $45K$56K$44K070809101112131415161718$0$50K$100K$150K
A look at employers and corresponding salaries
The donut shares the break-down of workers by employer type, giving us a picture of what employers most typically hire acupuncturists.
Employers of Acupuncturists (ACS)
Private for-profit (26.4%)
Private not-for-profit (4.0%)
Local government (0.1%)
State government (0.3%)
Federal government (1.4%)
Self-employed incorporated (31.7%)
Self-employed not incorporated (36.0%)
Working without pay (0.2%)
Distribution: Salaries of acupuncturists by type of employer (ACS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type calculated by aggregating individual household survey responses.
$51K$48K$51K$54K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000Self-employed not incorporatedSelf-employed incorporatedPrivate for-profitAll
Distribution: Salaries of acupuncturists by type of employer (BLS data)
Following are the salary distributions by employer type as reported by BLS based on large employer-focused surveys. We note that smaller employer categories are not included by BLS.
$76K$0$50,000$100,000$150,000All

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Salary growth for acupuncturists

Is this a job that rewards experience, or is this job most likely a part of a career ladder? The higher a job's experience quotient, the more experience is rewarded with pay increases. Jobs in the green range have the best rewards with experience.

Take a minute to look at how much you might expect your salary to increase with each five years' experience, as well as how the numbers working at each age change. Does this seem to be a job for the young or the old, or could it be a career offering steady salary growth for many years?

Salary distribution
$45K$48K$53K$61K$37K$53K$0$50K$100K$150K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64
Number employed
05001K2K2K20-2425-2930-3435-3940-4445-4950-5455-5960-64

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Acupuncturists and gender

With 61% women, this occupation has a higher percentage of women than 73% of careers.

Context: Women in the workforce
61%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Gender of Acupuncturists
Men (39%)
Women (61%)
Distribution: Salaries by gender

Although nationally the median (middle) salary for all full-time male workers in the US exceeds the full-time median salary for women by 19%, in acupuncturists, the median salary for women is 2% higher than the median salary for men.

$51K$50K$0$50K$100K$150KWomenMen

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Race and origin of acupuncturists

Here we check out the diversity of origin in this career. There is a higher percentage of minority acupuncturists than for 94% of other careers. This career hires a larger percentage of foreign-born workers than most other careers.

Race/origin of acupuncturists
White (63% )
Asian (30% )
Black (3% )
Multiracial (2% )
Other (1% )
Hispanic (0% )
Context: Representation of minorities in the workforce
36%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Context: Representation of foreign-born workers
33%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Distribution: Salaries for acupuncturists by race/origin

For some careers, there is a pay disparity depending on race or origin, though this is not prevalent. We calculate standard errors for all of our calculations, and when the error is high we do not show results. Therefore, for some jobs will have omitted race/origin categories.

$51K$51K$0$20K$40K$60K$80K$100K$120KWhiteAsian
Distribution: Salaries for acupuncturists by nativity
$51K$52K$0$50K$100K$150KAll native citizensAll foreign-born

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

Acupuncturists and Part-time/Full-time employment

We've found that somes jobs hava a huge number of part-time workers, and that typically most who are working part-time are doing so because they cannot find full-time work or the job they have cannot provide full-time hours. With 39% part-time workers, this occupation has a higher percentage of part-time workers than 90% of careers.

Context: Part-time workers in the workforce
39%0%20%40%60%80%100%
Why workers are part-time
Full-Time is less than 35 hours a week
Retired/Social Security limit on earnings
Could not find full-time work
Seasonal work
Slack work/business conditions
School/training
Health/medical limitations
Child care problems
Other family/personal obligations
Other reasons
Distribution: Salaries by part-time/full-time status

The salary distributions for full-time and part-time acupuncturists is shown following.

$25K$51K$0$50K$100K$150KPart-time workersFull-time workers
Pathways to this career
Education attained by acupuncturists

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), acupuncturists typically hold a master's degree.

Sometimes the typical education identified by the BLS differs a bit from the reality of the how much education current workers actually have. The donut shows the education level held by people currently working as acupuncturists as reported in responses to the American Community Survey.

Education attained by acupuncturists
None
High School
Some College
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Professional Degree
Doctorate
Distribution: Salary by education level

What level of education is truly needed for acupuncturists? Below we see the distribution of acupuncturists salaries based on the education attained.

$53K$49K$65K$0$50K$100K$150K$200KMaster's Degree (48%)Professional Degree (20%)Doctorate (13%)

We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.

College majors held by acupuncturists

This table shows the college majors held by people working as acupuncturists.

If you see "**" before the name of a degree/program, that means this field is one that the Department of Education believes is preparatory for this career. However, you can see from this list that those recommendations are far from your only path to this job!

Percentage of Acupuncturists with this degree
Salary for all majors
Salary distribution (across jobs). Showing 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
Final education level of all people with this major
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Gender of people this bachelor's degree
Men
Women
The link between degrees and careers

With the following sankey diagram, you can follow the top ten bachelor's degrees held by people working as acupuncturists, and then, in turn, you can see the 10 occupations that hire the most of each degree's graduates. We hope this provides ideas for similar jobs and similar fields of study.

Dietitians and Nutritioni...Specialized Social Worker...Registered NursesElementary and Middle Sch...Educational, Guidance, an...Specialized TherapistsVeterinariansMedical and Health Servic...Specialized ManagersPhysiciansPostsecondary TeachersDentistsSpecialized Physical Scie...Specialized Life Scientis...Medical and Clinical Labo...PharmacistsNurse Practitioners and N...Nurse AnesthetistsNursing AssistantsLicensed Practical and Li...Specialized PsychologistsLawyers, and judges, magi...Labor Relations Specialis...Education and childcare a...Secondary School TeachersEditorsWriters and AuthorsSecretaries and Administr...First-Line Supervisors of...Physical TherapistsOccupational TherapistsPhysician AssistantsSpecialized Healthcare Pr...Wholesale and Manufacturi...Customer Service Represen...Marketing ManagersRetail SalespersonsChemists and materials sc...ClergyChief executives and legi...Software DevelopersSpecial Education Teacher...Preschool and Kindergarte...Teaching AssistantsHealth/Medical SpecializedPreparationBiologyNursingPsychologyEnglish Language andLiteratureTreatment TherapyProfessionsCommunicationsChemistryPhilosophy and ReligiousStudiesGeneral EducationAll other degreesThis jobTop 10 majorsEach major's top ten jobs
What college major is your best entry?

About 93% of people working as acupuncturists have at least a bachelor's degree. Each dot represents a college major leading to these jobs, with the dots to the right representing the majors sending the most of their grads into this career. The dots at the top are the majors who earn the most working in this career.

Darker colors have a larger percentage with graduate degreesOverall median salary0.0%1.0%2.0%3.0%4.0%5.0%6.0%7.0%8.0%9.0%10.0%11.0%Percentage with this major$20,000$40,000$60,000$80,000$100,000$120,000$140,000$160,000Median salary with this major
Switching Careers
The most common next careers for acupuncturists

What jobs will most acupuncturists hold next year?

The data in this chart comes from person interviews for the Census Bureau's Current Population Survey. The survey interviews households eight times over a two-year period, allowing us a glimpse into how people move from job to job. You can see more details from the results of the survey in our last tab in this section, and you can read about our methodology in our source descriptions.

Here we see all of the jobs that at least 1% of acupuncturists reported holding in their second year's survey. Is your future job on this list?

Specialized Healthcare Diagnosing or Treating Practitioners, includingAcupuncturistsPhysicians and surgeonsManagement AnalystsMedical and Health Services ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Service, andGrounds-keeping WorkersLabor Relations SpecialistsFirst-Line Supervisors of Personal Care and Service WorkersSpecialized Assemblers and FabricatorsMedical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and TechniciansMassage TherapistsGeneral and Operations ManagersReceptionists and Information ClerksEducation and childcare administratorsMiscellaneous community and social service specialistsSocial workersCustomer Service RepresentativesElementary and Middle School School Teachers
Lateral job transitions for acupuncturists

A lateral career transition is a move to a job with similar pay and responsibilities. A move to such a job can offer a change of pace without an increase in stress or a decrease in pay. The following table simply identifies all 6 jobs which were held by at least 1% of survey respondents before working as acupuncturists as well as 1% of respondents after working as acupuncturists. Select a row to investigate the job's full description and determine if it truly offers an opportunity for a lateral transition.

Employed
How many people have this job?
Salary
Salary distribution for people in this occupation. Range is 0-$200,000.
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No degree
Associate's/Cert.
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate/Professional
Gender
Men
Women
Prior and next careers for acupuncturists: full listings

What do people typically do before and after they work as acupuncturists? Here are the full lists of all jobs that at least 1% of acupuncturists surveyed reported as holding a year earlier or later.

Variation by state
State-by-state employment numbers

Some careers tend to be centered in specific parts of the country. For example, most jobs in fashion are in New York or California. Let's see if your dream job is easy to find in your dream location! We have a few choices for viewing the data that can help you get a full employment picture.

Job density versus job count

Which states hire the most acupuncturists? We wonder if that's a fair question since states come in all sizes, so instead let's start with the question of which states have the highest density of people working as acupuncturists. You can choose to view the number of jobs per state if you prefer.

BLS vs ACS data

This map defaults to employment information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which provides job totals carefully compiled for accuracy and with a primary focus on how employers describe their workers. The BLS job totals do not count self-employed workers. We've also compiled totals using the Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) which are based on how workers describe themselves. Sometimes ACS results are quite a bit different from the employer-based BLS data.

Choose the metric to review
Jobs per 1000 working
Number of jobs
Use this data source
BLS
Number of Acupuncturists per 1,000 workers (BLS)
Select a state to see local area details
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Salaries by state
Let's get a feel for where acupuncturists earn the highest salaries. There are several choices for which data we consider and how we view that data, and each can lead to different conclusions, so please read on...
Median salary versus state ratio

We use two methods to compare salaries across states:

  • In-state comparisons: the ratio of median (middle) salaries for acupuncturists compared to the median salary for all people working in each state, or
  • Median salary: the unaltered median salaries for acupuncturists.

We hope the ratio allows perspective about how salaries may compare to the regional cost-of-living.

BLS vs ACS data

We have two sources for statewide salary information with important distinctions. The BLS data is created by surveying companies, missing individuals who are self-employed or work for smaller companies. The ACS data is compiled from multi-faceted household surveys and may reflect the inconsistencies that people may have in reporting information.

Choose the metric to review
Location-adjusted median salary
Median salary
Use this data source
BLS
Location-adjusted median salary for Acupuncturists (BLS)
The darkest shading corresponds to states in which acupuncturists earn the highest salary when compared to other jobs in the state. We think this ratio might be a better indicator than the actual salary for your buying power as a state resident.
Select a state to see local area details
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Compare to similar jobs

If this job interests you, then use the tabs and education selector to find other careers that might be a good fit for you.

How should the career similarity be computed?

There are a number of ways to measure the similarity of jobs, here are a few we provide:

  • Interests: Also known as a Holland Code - Are you a thinker? A helper? What fits your personality?
  • Environment: Are there hazards? Will you be comfortable? Will it be stressful?
  • Knowledge: What do you need to know the most about?
  • Physical Abilities: Do you need to especially strong or coordinated?