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Becoming a Reiki Practitioner

Learn about Reiki healing education, licensure, salary, and job outlook.

hands hover over patient at reiki session

Reiki is the Japanese art of healing using the transfer of universal energy from the practitioner to the patient.

With people’s increasing focus on good health and overall wellness, natural health professionals are more in demand than ever, and Reiki is one of the thriving natural health fields. Reiki is a Japanese healing art that focuses on harnessing universal energy through the use of the healer’s hands to focus heat and energy on the places that need attention to promote healing.

The growing demand for holistic healing has resulted in more training programs being available for those who want to receive Reiki training and practice professionally. If you are already an alternative medicine or holistic health professional and are interested in the fascinating healing art of Reiki, read on to get a Reiki career overview, and learn whether you want to add Reiki to your natural health repertoire.

Reiki Practitioner Training Education

Practitioners may complete Reiki training programs that last anywhere from two days to a few weeks to years, depending on the level of certification desired. There is no governing body that determines the various levels, but most Reiki schools or organizations have a beginning, intermediate and Reiki master level. Beginning classes can take two days and cost about $250, while a Reiki master program can cost around $1,800 and take a year or more to complete.

Reiki healing attempts to align and stimulate biomagnetic energy flowing through the body, and this helps promote healing and lessen stress. Students study anatomy, psychology, kinesiology and other energy-related subjects. They learn how to be sensitive to their intuition and the energy currents of the eight “subtle bodies,” or energy zones, that correspond to different parts of the body. As experts in the field, Reiki masters can also teach Reiki to other practitioners.

Reiki Practitioner Licensure

Many private Reiki education companies teach this healing art and offer a Reiki certification or license of their own. In most states, however, no license or certification is required to practice Reiki.

The Reiki Licensing Commission for Reiki Masters and Healers (RLCRMH) has called for stricter standards of Reiki teaching, and awards the following license designations:

  • Licensed Reiki Apprentice Healer
  • Licensed Reiki Healer
  • Licensed Reiki Healer Coach
  • Licensed Reiki Master
  • Licensed Reiki Master Coach
  • Licensed Reiki Coach Instructor
  • Licensed Reiki Master Instructor

You can also join a larger professional organization, such as the International Association of Reiki Practitioners (IARP) to establish yourself in the Reiki healing community.

Reiki Practitioner Salary

Many holistic health practitioners combine Reiki with other disciplines, such as massage and acupuncture. Therefore, depending on what you offer in your practice, the amount you can earn varies greatly. Here are some factors that can influence your Reiki practitioner salary:

  • Your Reiki experience
  • Your Reiki training
  • The demand for Reiki treatment in your area
  • The professional Reiki practitioner competition in your area

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn’t specifically track Reiki salaries, but they do provide salary and job growth information for massage therapists and acupuncturists. You can explore salaries for your state here:

Massage Therapists

National data

Median Salary: $43,620

Bottom 10%: $22,580

Top 10%: $79,150

Projected job growth: 32.2%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $36,300 $18,550 $52,970
Alaska $82,600 $22,140 $132,950
Arizona $43,240 $26,740 $66,690
Arkansas $47,200 $25,210 $63,410
California $34,400 $27,230 $80,940
Colorado $46,020 $25,170 $65,170
Connecticut $42,460 $24,340 $81,100
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Florida $36,360 $19,770 $66,090
Georgia $23,490 $16,770 $69,490
Hawaii $55,700 $25,330 $89,120
Idaho $44,860 $23,520 $78,050
Illinois $49,940 $20,450 $76,900
Indiana $44,780 $27,060 $72,470
Iowa $36,120 $20,290 $68,740
Kansas $29,210 $17,770 $80,830
Kentucky $49,930 $18,710 $75,440
Louisiana $23,890 $17,000 $57,630
Maine $53,430 $27,910 $87,240
Maryland $41,440 $23,140 $83,190
Massachusetts $61,790 $41,880 $112,470
Michigan $49,840 $23,570 $75,540
Minnesota $54,400 $22,680 $83,810
Mississippi $34,870 $17,570 $50,860
Missouri $37,080 $20,050 $67,500
Montana $40,070 $19,230 $68,250
Nebraska $57,390 $31,290 $79,390
Nevada $28,260 $18,000 $85,180
New Hampshire $49,590 $32,070 $83,930
New Jersey $45,490 $23,420 $68,620
New Mexico $46,050 $24,320 $83,750
New York $52,560 $27,200 $89,200
North Carolina $41,220 $19,150 $67,460
North Dakota $45,790 $18,300 $65,590
Ohio $48,000 $20,150 $79,750
Oklahoma $38,030 $20,950 $52,940
Oregon $61,220 $26,010 $96,720
Pennsylvania $41,620 $21,460 $85,640
Rhode Island $28,110 $23,370 $55,690
South Carolina $36,170 $18,110 $60,240
South Dakota $30,550 $22,430 $48,450
Tennessee $42,560 $18,940 $83,240
Texas $41,820 $21,560 $63,430
Utah $44,250 $18,550 $73,450
Vermont $38,730 $24,650 $77,510
Virginia $43,690 $18,780 $63,630
Washington $65,140 $40,480 $86,640
West Virginia $39,660 $20,620 $75,740
Wisconsin $48,190 $19,300 $68,730
Wyoming $49,760 $28,510 $76,090

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2030. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.

Many licensed massage therapists incorporate Reiki into their healing, and their salaries can range anywhere from $20,000 to $70,000, depending on whether they work full- or part-time, and where their practice is located. Traditionally, many Reiki practitioners charge anywhere from $30 to $75 an hour, and hourly rates depend upon the experience and location of the practitioner. Reiki Masters have more income potential through teaching and lecturing.

Reiki Practitioner Job Outlook

With the emerging field of energy medicine, Reiki is enjoying increasing popularity as a form of treatment, as well as a field of practice for practitioners and Masters. The field is expanding constantly and so are the opportunities. Many practitioners start their Reiki career with their own private practice, while others add it to their existing massage, nursing, chiropractic or acupuncture practice. Some hospitals, such as the New England Rehabilitation Hospital, have hired Reiki practitioners on their staff.

As the health industry grows and there is more demand for natural healing and practices that promote well being and stress relief, Reiki will continue to be a popular healing art, and a respected certification will add to your natural health qualifications.

Sources: ReikiLicense.com, The International Center for Reiki Training.