Hawai‘i College of Oriental Medicine

Formerly Named "Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii"

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How Much Can I Earn As An Acupuncturist & Oriental Medicine Practitioner?

Becoming an Acupuncturist is an amazingly rewarding career. You get to be a key and in many cases main provider of healing for your patients.  You can choose to work part-time as many do or become full-time based on what you want to do. The income guidelines below will help you to calculate what your potential can be.

You will find in the beginning that your income will require continued focus, networking and lots of good old hard work.  An established practice can easily support you and your family for a lifetime.

You too can experience a career in Acupuncture as lucrative along with the flexibility to fit your lifestyle.

Average Fees & Treatments For An Acupuncturist

$40 - $65 Per One Hour Session

Number Of Patients You Can Treat An Hour - 1 to 4

Average Number of Visits Per Patient - 3 to 8

Part-Time Practice (3 - 8 Hr Days Per Week)

Low End Successful Part-time Practice: 

24 hrs * 1 patient per hour * $40 per treatment
= $960 per week = est. $46,080 per year.

High End Successful Part-Time Practice:

24 hrs * 2 patients per hour * $60 per treatment
= $2,880 per week = est. $138,240 per year.

Full-Time Practice (5 - 8 hr Days Per Week)

Low End Successful Full-time Practice: 

40 hrs * 1 patient per hour * $40 per treatment
= $1,600 per week = est. $76,800 per year.

High End Successful Part-Time Practice:

40 hrs * 2 patients per hour * $60 per treatment
= $4,800 per week = est. $230,400 per year.

What Can You Expect To Earn?

It really depends on you.  These part-time and full-time scenarios are of successful practices full of patients that takes lots of focus, networking and persistence to create. Your education at HICOM prepares you with the business building blocks to get started.  And our Continuing Education program provides additional training as you make progress.

There are approximately 20,000 - 25,000 AOM licensees throughout the United States.  A recent estimate, which is based on job postings, reports an annual income range between $30,000 - $60,000 and notes that gross annual income can be as much as $105,000.Chronicle Guidance Brief 249 (2008) [Acupuncturists].

It is important to note the variables that can affect your potential income which may include; the nature of the acupuncturist's practice, geographic location, and personal factors such as the ability of the practitioner to relate well to patients, professional demeanor and marketing savvy.

Follow Your Dreams

ALOHA. E Komo Mai (welcome in Hawaiian).

If you're interested in learning more about Chinese medicine and how you can launch a rewarding career as an Acupuncturist, fill out the form below. You'll receive insightful health and career information by email right away.

A knowledgeable HICOM Admissions Advisor will be in touch to answer any questions you may have about our unique program in Hawaii. Your advisor will help you explore if an education through HICOM is the right path for you.

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