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Highest Paying Industries for Librarians, Curators, and Archivists

The top 100 highest paying industries for librarians, curators, and archivists (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $67,990, securities, commodity contracts, and other financial investments and related activities is the highest paying industry for librarians, curators, and archivists. It is followed by aerospace product and parts manufacturing industry (average annual salary $66,860). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of librarians, curators, and archivists in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Librarians, Curators, and Archivists

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$67,990
100
2 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$66,860
100
3 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$66,770
110
4 Other Support Services
$65,100
30
5 Elementary and Secondary Schools - State government owned
$65,010
390
6 Office Administrative Services
$64,000
50
7 Federal government, including USPS
$63,860
n/a
8 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$63,860
4,870
9 Other Financial Investment Activities
$63,820
70
10 Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$62,430
30
11 Insurance Carriers
$61,690
80
12 Manufacturing
$61,520
220
13 Amusement Parks and Arcades
$61,350
50
14 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$61,000
80
15 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$60,770
390
16 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$60,760
860
17 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$60,740
230
18 Legal Services
$60,110
1,990
19 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$60,020
240
20 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$59,800
210
21 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,370
400
22 Finance and Insurance
$59,330
250
23 Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories
$58,600
40
24 Scientific Research and Development Services
$58,580
1,120
25 Engineering Services
$58,240
150
26 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$57,550
4,310
27 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$57,390
50
28 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$57,380
50
29 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$55,920
40
30 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$55,350
220
31 Oil and Gas Extraction
$54,700
40
32 Mining
$54,700
40
33 Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations
$54,610
280
34 Specialty hospitals - Privately owned
$54,260
40
35 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$53,100
60
36 Hospitals - Privately owned
$52,970
1,450
37 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$52,910
1,410
38 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$52,870
260
39 Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers
$52,430
250
40 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$52,400
1,640
41 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$52,230
1,510
42 Hospitals - State government owned
$52,210
100
43 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$52,170
63,460
44 Educational Services - Local government owned
$52,120
68,710
45 Ambulatory Health Care Services
$51,890
170
46 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$51,820
69,840
47 Junior colleges - Local government owned
$51,680
4,950
48 Health Care and Social Assistance
$51,650
1,910
49 Educational Services
$50,850
115,850
50 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$50,570
19,240
51 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$49,630
280
52 Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
$49,490
37,460
53 Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals - State government owned
$49,390
60
54 Educational Services - Privately owned
$49,360
26,290
55 Performing Arts Companies
$49,320
210
56 Wholesale Trade
$49,060
280
57 Junior Colleges (including private, state, and local government schools)
$48,980
7,730
58 Other schools and instruction - Privately owned
$48,840
250
59 Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$48,710
50
60 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - State government owned
$48,520
17,990
61 Miscellaneous Nondurable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$48,390
250
62 Educational Services - State government owned
$48,350
20,850
63 Real Estate
$48,200
n/a
64 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$48,160
260
65 Offices of Physicians
$48,120
100
66 Lessors of Real Estate
$48,080
n/a
67 State government, including schools and hospitals
$47,920
26,140
68 Retail Trade
$47,600
230
69 Other Schools and Instruction
$47,540
260
70 Religious, Grantmaking, Civic, Professional, and Similar Organizations
$47,190
1,480
71 Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$47,170
1,500
72 Religious Organizations
$46,760
190
73 Grantmaking and Giving Services
$46,680
200
74 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Privately owned
$46,460
5,990
75 Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$46,280
90
76 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$45,990
5,190
77 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$45,730
90
78 Junior colleges - Privately owned
$45,680
380
79 Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
$45,520
180
80 Business schools and computer and management training - Privately owned
$45,480
180
81 Social Advocacy Organizations
$45,460
160
82 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$45,360
660
83 Junior colleges - State government owned
$45,290
2,400
84 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$44,860
190,260
85 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Local government owned
$44,570
230
86 Transportation and Warehousing
$44,380
n/a
87 Civic and Social Organizations
$43,760
650
88 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$43,740
159,240
89 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,560
13,310
90 Technical and trade schools - Privately owned
$43,510
190
91 Technical and Trade Schools
$43,510
260
92 Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$43,450
12,550
93 Social Assistance
$43,450
80
94 Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$43,420
80
95 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Local government owned
$43,190
80
96 Hospitals - Local government owned
$43,190
80
97 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$42,940
330
98 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$42,790
340
99 Technical and trade schools - State government owned
$42,680
60
100 Newspaper Publishers
$42,240
120