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Curators Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for curators in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of curators amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Curators in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$33,940
25th Percentile Wage
$45,900
50th Percentile Wage
$62,920
75th Percentile Wage
$86,260
90th Percentile Wage
$116,760

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for curators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $116,760. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $62,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $33,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$16.32
25th Percentile Wage
$22.07
50th Percentile Wage
$30.25
75th Percentile Wage
$41.47
90th Percentile Wage
$56.13

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for curators in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $56.13. The median hourly salary is $30.25. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $16.32.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of curators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201662,920-2.96%1.68%
201564,7804.23%-
201462,040-5.79%-
201365,6305.74%-
201261,860--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Curators in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of curators in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of curators in state of California ranges from $41,120 to $82,040. The highest paying area for curators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $82,040. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $74,920). The lowest paying area is Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario with a median annual salary of $41,120.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$82,040
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$74,920
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$68,310
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,200
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$60,910
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$57,080
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$55,640
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$49,850
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$41,120



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