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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Historians Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28,540
25th Percentile Wage
$38,620
50th Percentile Wage
$59,120
75th Percentile Wage
$84,180
90th Percentile Wage
$107,330

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 $107,330. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $59,120. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28,540. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 276% 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 historians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$59,120
6.78% 11.23%
2016
$55,110
-1.25% -
2015
$55,800
-0.13% -
2014
$55,870
1.24% -
2013
$55,180
4.89% -
2012
$52,480
- -

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 $60,210. The lowest paying sector is the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector (annual salary $44,010).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$60,210
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$60,180
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,620
Educational Services
$52,330
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$44,010

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 $28,860 to $104,290. The highest paying state for historians is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $104,290. The lowest paying state is New York with a median annual salary of $28,860. For more salary information of historians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$104,290
Hawaii
$90,860
New Mexico
$82,100
Colorado
$78,290
New Jersey
$77,450
California
$76,820
Illinois
$74,180
Texas
$72,170
Virginia
$68,730
Maryland
$65,460
Alabama
$62,550
Georgia
$62,460
Michigan
$61,580
Pennsylvania
$60,990
Massachusetts
$60,630
Utah
$59,760
Idaho
$58,880
Washington
$57,410
Wisconsin
$56,460
Oregon
$56,320
North Carolina
$55,420
Florida
$50,780
Kansas
$50,280
Oklahoma
$50,170
Minnesota
$49,450
Ohio
$47,440
Tennessee
$46,620
Missouri
$45,160
South Carolina
$43,740
Mississippi
$41,470
Kentucky
$36,980
Rhode Island
$36,710
Indiana
$32,980
New York
$28,860



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