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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
$27,830
25th Percentile Wage
$36,800
50th Percentile Wage
$50,880
75th Percentile Wage
$69,790
90th Percentile Wage
$94,560

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 $94,560. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid curators is $27,830.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of curators in the industry sector of arts, entertainment, and recreation from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,8804.64%7.47%
201548,520-0.82%-
201448,9202.02%-
201347,9301.77%-
201247,080--

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

The average salaries of curators in three 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 museums, historical sites, and similar institutions industry with an annual salary $50,910. The lowest paying industry is the performing arts, spectator sports, and related industries industry (annual salary $46,240). For detailed curators salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,910
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
$50,910
Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$46,240

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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