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Historians Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of historians in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare historians salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Historians

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,420
25th Percentile Wage
$33,230
50th Percentile Wage
$60,210
75th Percentile Wage
$87,190
90th Percentile Wage
$110,600

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for historians in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) historians is $110,600. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $60,210. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid historians is $27,420.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of historians in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$60,210
5.02% 8.62%
2016
$57,190
3.15% -
2015
$55,390
-1.32% -
2014
$56,120
1.34% -
2013
$55,370
0.63% -
2012
$55,020
- -

Compare Historians Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of historians in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for historians occupations is the federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $94,800. The lowest paying industry is the local government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $30,720). For detailed historians salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$94,800
Federal government, including USPS
$94,800
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$60,210
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$59,840
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$52,350
State government, including schools and hospitals
$51,800
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$30,720
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$30,720

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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