Historians Salary Information

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,050
25th Percentile Wage
$36,630
50th Percentile Wage
$55,110
75th Percentile Wage
$80,310
90th Percentile Wage
$102,830

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for historians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) historians is $102,830. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $55,110. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,050. 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 266% 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 historians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201655,110-1.25%4.77%
201555,800-0.13%-
201455,8701.24%-
201355,1804.89%-
201252,480--

Table 2. Historians Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of historians 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 historians occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $57,190. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $42,310).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$57,190
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,590
Educational Services
$53,640
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$48,940
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$42,310

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Historians by States

From the above tables we note that not only historians 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 historians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $29,010 to $90,860. The highest paying state for historians is Hawaii with a median annual salary of $90,860. The lowest paying state is New York with a median annual salary of $29,010. For more salary information of historians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Hawaii
$90,860
New Mexico
$81,890
New Jersey
$76,450
Colorado
$76,350
Maryland
$72,660
Virginia
$71,470
Texas
$71,110
Illinois
$70,460
California
$70,000
Georgia
$60,660
Michigan
$60,650
North Carolina
$59,080
Massachusetts
$58,860
Pennsylvania
$58,810
Washington
$57,410
Wisconsin
$56,920
Alabama
$56,440
Ohio
$53,030
Florida
$52,150
Kansas
$50,280
Minnesota
$49,450
Tennessee
$46,620
Utah
$45,120
South Carolina
$43,740
Missouri
$43,660
Mississippi
$40,540
Oklahoma
$37,930
Rhode Island
$36,710
Indiana
$32,980
New York
$29,010



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