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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Anthropologists and Archeologists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$36,390
25th Percentile Wage
$47,970
50th Percentile Wage
$62,280
75th Percentile Wage
$81,170
90th Percentile Wage
$99,580

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 $99,580. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $62,280. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $36,390. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 173% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of anthropologists and archeologists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$62,280
-1.46% 7.80%
2016
$63,190
3.12% -
2015
$61,220
3.17% -
2014
$59,280
1.55% -
2013
$58,360
1.61% -
2012
$57,420
- -

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 $72,240. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $51,230).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$72,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$63,060
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$58,060
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$54,260
Educational Services
$51,230

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 $36,700 to $97,960. The highest paying state for anthropologists and archeologists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $97,960. The lowest paying state is Missouri with a median annual salary of $36,700. 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
$97,960
Massachusetts
$90,090
Maryland
$82,380
Hawaii
$75,850
Alaska
$75,390
Washington
$73,860
Idaho
$72,160
Arizona
$70,960
New York
$70,950
Nebraska
$70,190
Wisconsin
$68,740
Wyoming
$68,230
Texas
$66,270
Georgia
$66,140
Michigan
$64,710
Montana
$64,230
Nevada
$64,210
Oregon
$63,970
Colorado
$63,170
Pennsylvania
$63,020
New Jersey
$62,550
Arkansas
$62,220
California
$62,220
Oklahoma
$62,210
Utah
$62,210
Virginia
$61,750
North Dakota
$60,200
Ohio
$59,170
Louisiana
$58,700
Mississippi
$58,550
Iowa
$58,250
New Mexico
$57,830
Tennessee
$57,220
Kentucky
$57,030
Connecticut
$55,390
Minnesota
$54,740
Illinois
$52,290
Rhode Island
$52,020
South Carolina
$52,010
Indiana
$51,520
Alabama
$50,980
Florida
$49,680
South Dakota
$48,220
North Carolina
$47,850
West Virginia
$38,720
Missouri
$36,700



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