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Anthropologists and Archeologists Salary Information

The salary statistics of anthropologists and archeologists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of anthropologists and archeologists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The anthropologists and archeologists annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Anthropologists and Archeologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,910
25th Percentile Wage
$48,240
50th Percentile Wage
$63,190
75th Percentile Wage
$81,430
90th Percentile Wage
$99,590

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for anthropologists and archeologists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) anthropologists and archeologists is $99,590. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $63,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,910. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 169% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of anthropologists and archeologists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201663,1903.12%9.13%
201561,2203.17%-
201459,2801.55%-
201358,3601.61%-
201257,420--

Table 2. Anthropologists and Archeologists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of anthropologists and archeologists in 5 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for anthropologists and archeologists occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $71,010. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,320).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$71,010
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,220
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,430
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$54,260
Educational Services
$51,320

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Anthropologists and Archeologists by States

From the above tables we note that not only anthropologists and archeologists salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of anthropologists and archeologists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,480 to $92,150. The highest paying state for anthropologists and archeologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $92,150. The lowest paying state is Missouri with a median annual salary of $30,480. For more salary information of anthropologists and archeologists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$92,150
Pennsylvania
$87,650
Massachusetts
$86,980
New York
$85,210
Alaska
$77,300
Maryland
$75,240
Arizona
$69,090
Wisconsin
$68,740
Washington
$68,210
Idaho
$68,140
Wyoming
$67,160
Oregon
$66,990
Texas
$65,920
Colorado
$65,170
California
$65,050
Virginia
$65,030
Hawaii
$64,990
Georgia
$64,680
Montana
$61,730
Arkansas
$61,720
North Dakota
$61,530
Florida
$60,560
Utah
$59,770
Nevada
$59,250
Ohio
$59,180
Illinois
$58,760
Mississippi
$58,550
New Mexico
$57,690
New Jersey
$57,520
Kentucky
$56,070
Louisiana
$52,110
Rhode Island
$52,020
Tennessee
$51,750
Alabama
$49,630
North Carolina
$47,190
Indiana
$41,900
Missouri
$30,480


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