When the average person thinks of hypnosis, they probably think of an entertainer who pulls audience members on stage to use his powers of suggestion to convince them to act like barnyard animals. In reality, hypnosis is a therapeutic technique in alternative medicine that uses the power of suggestion and enhanced memories to help provide behaviour modification in patients.
The average hypnotherapist’s salary is £41,600 annually, as of 2010, according to State University. A full-time, certified hypnotherapist may earn up to £48,750 annually if his practice is thriving and his patient load is nearly full, according to MySalary.com. Certifications are not required by law, but help bolster a hypnotherapist’s credentials – and raise his salary range. The American Board of Hypnotherapists is the primary body that provides certification for therapists who practice hypnosis.
Although hypnotherapists may expect to earn between £41,600 to £48,750 each year, their annual earnings may vary significantly. Because many hypnotherapists operate their own practice, they must provide marketing to create a patient base. Many only work part-time, either as a primary source of income or as a supplement to another form of therapy. Annual salaries for hypnotherapists range between £21,125 and £67,600 as of December 2010, according to PayScale.
Salary By Location
Clinical hypnotherapists’ earning powers also are affected by the city in which they practice, with average salaries in high-paying areas twice those of average salaries in low-paying regions. Hypnotherapists in Manhattan, New York, receive the highest average annual salary, £57,755, as of December 2010, according to Salary Expert. Those in Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina, also earn more than £54,600 annually. In contrast, hypnotherapists who work in Indianapolis and Phoenix earn average annual salaries of £25,310 to £25,358, making them among the lowest paid in their profession in the nation.
Average Hourly Rate
The average rate for a hypnotherapy session is £55 per hour as of 2008, according to the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists. This rate varies by locale, with hypnotherapists on the coasts and other areas with a high cost of living demanding rates of £81 to £97 per hour. Hypnotherapists who work for six hours a day earn £1,657 in a week at the average rate of £55 per hour.