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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Curators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$29,210
25th Percentile Wage
$39,590
50th Percentile Wage
$53,770
75th Percentile Wage
$72,790
90th Percentile Wage
$94,880

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 $94,880. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $53,770. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $29,210. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 224% 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 curators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$53,770
0.76% 7.77%
2016
$53,360
3.45% -
2015
$51,520
0.47% -
2014
$51,280
1.42% -
2013
$50,550
1.90% -
2012
$49,590
- -

Table 2. Curators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of curators 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 curators occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $70,590. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $40,970).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$70,590
Information
$69,280
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$68,240
Health Care and Social Assistance
$64,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,710
Educational Services
$57,480
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,160
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$53,080
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,540
Retail Trade
$40,970

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 $34,870 to $82,020. The highest paying state for curators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $82,020. The lowest paying state is Mississippi with a median annual salary of $34,870. 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
$82,020
New York
$67,630
New Jersey
$65,650
California
$64,610
Connecticut
$64,110
Alaska
$63,730
Missouri
$62,130
Illinois
$61,990
Nevada
$60,610
Rhode Island
$60,080
Massachusetts
$59,620
Virginia
$58,580
Delaware
$56,190
Colorado
$56,130
Maryland
$55,970
Arizona
$55,820
Vermont
$55,820
Washington
$53,960
Alabama
$52,600
Texas
$52,470
Hawaii
$50,660
North Dakota
$50,580
Maine
$50,360
New Mexico
$50,020
Pennsylvania
$48,660
Minnesota
$48,510
Kansas
$48,490
Ohio
$48,280
North Carolina
$48,080
South Carolina
$47,350
Kentucky
$46,830
South Dakota
$46,810
Michigan
$46,530
Wisconsin
$46,510
Utah
$46,240
Georgia
$45,820
Florida
$45,460
Nebraska
$44,250
Oklahoma
$43,720
Iowa
$43,600
Tennessee
$42,820
New Hampshire
$42,780
Arkansas
$42,570
Indiana
$42,380
Oregon
$39,340
Montana
$39,320
Idaho
$38,640
Louisiana
$38,600
Puerto Rico
$38,040
Wyoming
$35,630
West Virginia
$35,010
Mississippi
$34,870



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