Economic Impact

The International SPA Association (ISPA) is one of the best sources for statistics on the spa industry. The Lexington, Kentucky-based organization releases a major new study every two years. The most recent was conducted in 2006 by Association Resource Centre, Inc.

Here are the major findings of the 2006 study on the spa industry:

Number of Spas in the United States:

  • There were an estimated 13,757 spas in the United States in August of 2006, up from 10,128 spas in April of 2004. This represents an annual growth rate of 16%.

Distribution of U.S. Spas By Region:

  • The Southwest has 3,139 spas, which is 23% of the total spas in the United States. The Southwest includes California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
  • The Northeast has 3,131 spas, or 23% of the total.
  • The Southeast has 2,800 spas, or 20% of the total. The Southeast includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennesse, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.
  • The North Central region has 2,621 spas, or 19% of the total. The North Central includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
  • The South Central has 1,302 spas, or 9% of the total. South Central includes Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi.
  • The Northwest has 764 spas, or 6% of the total. The Northwest includes Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Numbers of Spa By Type:

  • 10,988 day spas in the U.S., 80% of the total.
  • 1,218 resort and hotel spas, 9% of the total.
  • 915 medical spas, 7% of the total.
  • 484 club spas, 4% of the total.
  • 77 mineral springs spas, 0.6% of the total.
  • 71 destination spas, 0.5% of the total.

Annual Revenues of the Spa Industry:

  • The U.S. spa industry generated $9.7 billion in 2005, up from $7.0 in 2003.
  • This is an average annual growth rate of 18%.

Annual Revenues By Spa Type:

  • Day spas : $6.794 billion.
  • Resort and hotel spas: $2.026 billion.
  • Medical spas: $469 million.
  • Club spas: $209 million.

Annual Revenues By Region:

  • The Southwest: $2.766 billion
  • The Southeast: $2.476 billion
  • The Northeast: $2.257 billion
  • The North Central: $1.240 billion
  • The South Central: $558 million
  • The Northwest: $338 million

Number of Visits to U.S. Spas:

  • There were 131 million spa visits in 2005, up from 109 million visits in 2003.
  • This is an average annual growth of 9%

Number of Employees in the U.S. Spa Industry

  • There were 267,400 total spa industry employees in August, 2006; 124,500 of the employees were full-time, 101,300 were part-time, and 41,600 were contract employees.
  • There were 215,200 total spa industry employees in April 2004, there.
  • The average annual growth rate between 2004 and 2006 was 11% for total employees, 6% for full-time, 19% for part-time and 11% for contract.