Curators Salary Information

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,700
25th Percentile Wage
$39,190
50th Percentile Wage
$53,360
75th Percentile Wage
$72,360
90th Percentile Wage
$94,430

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for curators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) curators is $94,430. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,360. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,700. 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 217% 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 curators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201653,3603.45%7.07%
201551,5200.47%-
201451,2801.42%-
201350,5501.90%-
201249,590--

Table 2. Curators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of curators in 9 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 curators occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $68,300. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,510).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$68,300
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,240
Finance and Insurance
$63,610
Educational Services
$56,500
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$56,470
Federal, State, and Local Government
$55,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,920
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,880
Retail Trade
$36,510

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Curators by States

From the above tables we note that not only curators 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 curators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,780 to $81,880. The highest paying state for curators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $81,880. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $36,780. For more salary information of curators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$81,880
New York
$69,990
Hawaii
$64,700
California
$62,920
Illinois
$62,270
Alaska
$61,990
Maryland
$61,040
New Jersey
$60,710
Connecticut
$59,980
Vermont
$59,640
Missouri
$59,350
Massachusetts
$57,970
Rhode Island
$57,760
Nevada
$56,770
Virginia
$56,700
Washington
$55,280
Delaware
$53,490
Alabama
$53,080
Florida
$51,810
Pennsylvania
$51,550
Colorado
$51,380
Texas
$51,370
South Dakota
$50,950
Arizona
$50,260
New Mexico
$50,020
New Hampshire
$48,910
Wisconsin
$48,270
Oklahoma
$48,180
Maine
$46,910
Nebraska
$46,700
Utah
$46,040
Michigan
$45,880
Minnesota
$45,850
South Carolina
$45,610
Ohio
$45,030
Kentucky
$44,630
Iowa
$44,020
Georgia
$43,280
Wyoming
$43,180
North Carolina
$43,090
Kansas
$43,020
Tennessee
$42,520
Oregon
$42,360
Arkansas
$42,350
Indiana
$42,040
Puerto Rico
$38,040
Idaho
$37,220
Louisiana
$37,160
Montana
$36,780


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