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 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
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 $79,860. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $46,610. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,410. 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 241% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of librarians, curators, and archivists from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of librarians, curators, and archivists in 15 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 $64,680. The lowest paying sector is the retail trade sector (annual salary $36,480).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
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, Curators, and Museum Technicians|| |
|Museum Technicians and Conservators|| |
|Library Technicians|| |