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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 among California metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$32,550
25th Percentile Wage
$44,400
50th Percentile Wage
$64,610
75th Percentile Wage
$88,960
90th Percentile Wage
$119,420

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 $119,420. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $64,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $32,550.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of curators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$64,610
2.62% 4.26%
2016
$62,920
-2.96% -
2015
$64,780
4.23% -
2014
$62,040
-5.79% -
2013
$65,630
5.74% -
2012
$61,860
- -

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 $80,830. The highest paying area for curators in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $80,830. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $78,240). 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
$80,830
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$78,240
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$72,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$63,200
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$62,730
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$60,400
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$59,350
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$57,990
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$57,080
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$45,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$41,120




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