Archivists Salary Information

The salary statistics of archivists are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of archivists within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The archivists 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. Archivists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$30,180
25th Percentile Wage
$38,150
50th Percentile Wage
$50,500
75th Percentile Wage
$66,590
90th Percentile Wage
$88,160

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for archivists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) archivists is $88,160. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $50,500. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $30,180. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 192% 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 archivists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201650,5000.50%6.26%
201550,2502.25%-
201449,1200.02%-
201349,1103.60%-
201247,340--

Table 2. Archivists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of archivists in 10 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 archivists occupations is the manufacturing sector with an annual salary $63,530. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $42,810).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Manufacturing
$63,530
Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,890
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$58,310
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,950
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$56,690
Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,860
Educational Services
$52,920
Finance and Insurance
$52,390
Information
$43,240
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,810

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Archivists by States

From the above tables we note that not only archivists 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 archivists in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $30,660 to $74,850. The highest paying state for archivists is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $74,850. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $30,660. For more salary information of archivists profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$74,850
Connecticut
$69,320
Rhode Island
$63,470
Maryland
$62,470
Illinois
$57,350
New Jersey
$57,050
Washington
$56,550
Texas
$55,350
Alabama
$55,220
Massachusetts
$53,620
Michigan
$52,510
Virginia
$51,570
Colorado
$51,440
Florida
$50,430
California
$50,190
New York
$49,590
North Carolina
$49,100
Louisiana
$47,880
Georgia
$47,680
Missouri
$47,180
Oregon
$46,370
Arkansas
$45,760
Indiana
$45,690
Arizona
$44,570
Wisconsin
$44,510
Maine
$44,200
Oklahoma
$43,550
Pennsylvania
$42,560
Delaware
$41,760
Ohio
$40,000
Hawaii
$39,590
Iowa
$38,680
South Carolina
$38,410
Tennessee
$38,090
Minnesota
$37,570
Mississippi
$30,660


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