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career path: Employee what is equitable compensation? By Les Sweeney All professionals like and expect to be paid for their efforts. Otherwise, they're doing volunteer work. Compensation is no less important for practitioners. While most students do not enter massage school with designs on becoming the next Donald Trump, everyone seeking to enter the field expects they will be in a position to command compensation for their services. Working for someone else eliminates some of the anxiety that comes with the financial demands of a stand-alone practice, but there is no hard and fast rule for compensating massage and bodywork practitioners. At spas, ABMP members report they are usually classified as independent contractors (meaning no payroll tax for the spa and no employee benefits for the practitioner) and are primarily paid for actual client contact hours, not all hours on a shift. The average therapist at a spa receives just over $43 per session, which represents 60 percent of the fee charged (meaning, the average session costs $70). Therapists received tips from twothirds of clients. Don't be shocked if you hear elsewhere that lower

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