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Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technician Salary Information

The salary statistics of archivists, curators, and museum technicians are shown in Table 1. The average hourly salary of archivists, curators, and museum technicians in the United States is shown in Table 2. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of archivists, curators, and museum technicians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The archivists, curators, and museum technicians 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. Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technician Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$26,260
25th Percentile Wage
$34,840
50th Percentile Wage
$47,360
75th Percentile Wage
$64,280
90th Percentile Wage
$85,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for archivists, curators, and museum technicians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) archivists, curators, and museum technicians is $85,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $26,260. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 225% 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 archivists, curators, and museum technicians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,360
0.27% 6.23%
2016
$47,230
1.10% -
2015
$46,710
0.88% -
2014
$46,300
0.71% -
2013
$45,970
3.39% -
2012
$44,410
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Table 2. Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technician Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of archivists, curators, and museum technicians in 13 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, curators, and museum technicians occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $62,770. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $40,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$62,770
Transportation and Warehousing
$59,910
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$59,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$53,750
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$53,250
Educational Services
$52,960
Health Care and Social Assistance
$52,880
Manufacturing
$50,210
Federal, State, and Local Government
$49,430
Information
$49,100
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$45,890
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,760
Retail Trade
$40,030



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