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Librarians, Curators, and Archivists Salary Information

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,810
25th Percentile Wage
$33,210
50th Percentile Wage
$47,380
75th Percentile Wage
$63,360
90th Percentile Wage
$80,900

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for librarians, curators, and archivists. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) librarians, curators, and archivists is $80,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $47,380. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,810. Take note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 239% 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 librarians, curators, and archivists from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$47,380
1.63% 6.46%
2016
$46,610
1.39% -
2015
$45,960
1.15% -
2014
$45,430
0.99% -
2013
$44,980
1.47% -
2012
$44,320
- -

Table 2. Librarians, Curators, and Archivists Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of librarians, curators, and archivists in 17 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 librarians, curators, and archivists occupations is the finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $66,230. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $39,140).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$66,230
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,870
Manufacturing
$61,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$60,510
Mining
$54,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$54,160
Educational Services
$53,920
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$53,790
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$50,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,350
Wholesale Trade
$47,560
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,340
Information
$44,060
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,820
Federal, State, and Local Government
$41,060
Retail Trade
$40,120
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,140

Table 3. Salaries of Librarians, Curators, and Archivists Related Occupations

The average annual salary of librarians, curators, and archivists related occupations at the national level is given in Table 3. For more salary information about a specific occupation, use the links below.

Occupation Median Annual Salary
Archivists
$48,950
Librarians
$48,710
Museum Technicians and Conservators
$48,530
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
$47,360
Curators
$38,700
Library Technicians
$23,800



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