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I would definitely be looking elsewhere, I'm sure you can find much better working conditions. $45 an hour from a chiro is very good if you are only doing massages and nothing else. Do you have a contract? What are the conditions? If it is not stated in a contract that you are responsible for all the "busy" work then I would confront the doc. If you are paid per client, then you should not be doing tasks that don't pertain to massage. I have not had good luck with chiro offices and have talked to other therapists who have bad experiences as well. Good luck!
Are you an employee or IC? That one factor determines everything in y our situation
If you are an employee than you should absolutely be paid for every hour you are schedule in the office, regardless of the tasks you are doing. I think 2 weeks is fair and I would definitely ask for all money you are owed..you earned it. If you look hard enough you should be able to find something with similar pay, you also must consider all of the hours you spend working for no pay as that will drastically drop what you are currently making per hour. How much does the doc value your services? Are they willing to work with you so you don't leave? I think it best to always have a contract or some type of paperwork that outlines their expectations from the beginning.
I also work for a Chiro. I have worked for a few through the years. The one I am with now is an amazing DR and helps my business by "talking up" how well the massage and adjustments go better together. She always suggests the clients book with me at least once to see the difference. Thats all I need. One time to touch them and they are hooked. I agree with the DR that you have to be a "go getter". You need the clients to book with you MORE then the DR needs them to. Its all just extra income for the DR business, but its your ONLY income. I rarely have downtime on my schedule unless someone cancels. But when I do, i work as a team player. hooking pts up on Muscle stem and heat. Answering the phone, taking payment and booking new appts. I figure the more IN FRONT of the client I am the better my chances are to getting them on MY books. I dont even make as much as you do per hour. I make 25-30/ hour. Id say if the pay is that great, I would do the little things with a smile and make every encounter with a patient a possible new client for yourself. I bought my own scrubs and had them embroidered with the logo, my name and MASSAGE THERAPIST below it.. gets A LOT of attention. just a few ideas.. good luck :)
So long as your total earnings -- including tips -- exceed # of hours worked * minimum wage for your state, the employer is in compliance. There is no regulation anywhere in the land stating each hour has to have a specific pay tied to it.
If you got paid $100 for each massage, you could work 10 or 11 non-massage hours without an hourly pay rate and still be compliant with the law
Hannah Flynn said:
If you are an employee than you should absolutely be paid for every hour you are schedule in the office, regardless of the tasks you are doing.
The first thing to clarify is whether you are an IC or an employee. If you are an employee she should be taking taxes out of your paycheck.