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Curators Salary in Sector of Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

The salary statistics of curators in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare curators salaries in different industries within the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Average Annual Salary of Curators

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,750
25th Percentile Wage
$36,620
50th Percentile Wage
$50,540
75th Percentile Wage
$69,070
90th Percentile Wage
$93,970

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for curators in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) curators is $93,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid curators is $26,750.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of curators in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$50,540
-0.67% 6.85%
2016
$50,880
4.64% -
2015
$48,520
-0.82% -
2014
$48,920
2.02% -
2013
$47,930
1.77% -
2012
$47,080
- -

Compare Curators Salary in Different Industries within the Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation Sector

The average salaries of curators in six industries in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for curators occupations is the theater companies and dinner theaters industry with an annual salary $60,730. The lowest paying industry is the promoters of performing arts, sports, and similar events industry (annual salary $41,920). For detailed curators salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters
$60,730
Performing Arts Companies
$58,970
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,520
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,520
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$49,930
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events
$41,920

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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