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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Librarians, Curators, and Archivists Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,410
25th Percentile Wage
$32,590
50th Percentile Wage
$46,610
75th Percentile Wage
$62,400
90th Percentile Wage
$79,860

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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of librarians, curators, and archivists from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201646,6101.39%4.91%
201545,9601.15%-
201445,4300.99%-
201344,9801.47%-
201244,320--

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

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
$64,680
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$63,430
Manufacturing
$60,640
Transportation and Warehousing
$59,860
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$59,610
Mining
$54,700
Health Care and Social Assistance
$53,090
Educational Services
$52,860
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$49,040
Accommodation and Food Services
$47,340
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$43,790
Information
$42,570
Federal, State, and Local Government
$40,230
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$39,700
Retail Trade
$36,480

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
Librarians
$57,680
Curators
$53,360
Archivists
$50,500
Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians
$47,230
Museum Technicians and Conservators
$40,040
Library Technicians
$32,890



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