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Museum Technician and Conservators Salary Information

The salary statistics of museum technicians and conservators are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of museum technicians and conservators within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The museum technicians and conservators 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. Museum Technician and Conservators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,130
25th Percentile Wage
$29,930
50th Percentile Wage
$40,040
75th Percentile Wage
$54,820
90th Percentile Wage
$73,080

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for museum technicians and conservators. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) museum technicians and conservators is $73,080. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,040. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,130. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 215% 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 museum technicians and conservators from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201640,040-0.75%4.55%
201540,3400.99%-
201439,940-0.20%-
201340,0204.50%-
201238,220--

Table 2. Museum Technician and Conservators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of museum technicians and conservators in 9 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 museum technicians and conservators occupations is the transportation and warehousing sector with an annual salary $63,030. The lowest paying sector is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector (annual salary $31,440).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,030
Information
$50,530
Educational Services
$47,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$42,090
Finance and Insurance
$39,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$37,550
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$37,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$31,440

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Museum Technicians and Conservators by States

From the above tables we note that not only museum technicians and conservators 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 museum technicians and conservators in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $23,820 to $65,910. The highest paying state for museum technicians and conservators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $65,910. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $23,820. For more salary information of museum technicians and conservators profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$65,910
New York
$55,230
Connecticut
$53,460
Maryland
$53,430
New Jersey
$51,240
Massachusetts
$48,080
Iowa
$46,800
California
$42,730
Pennsylvania
$42,240
Alaska
$42,180
Washington
$41,250
Alabama
$41,020
Colorado
$40,870
North Carolina
$40,520
New Mexico
$40,470
Virginia
$40,240
Georgia
$40,020
Florida
$38,820
Texas
$38,550
Arizona
$38,300
Illinois
$37,920
Missouri
$36,070
Tennessee
$35,640
Wyoming
$35,470
Ohio
$35,440
Michigan
$35,020
Vermont
$34,780
Maine
$34,610
Kansas
$34,530
Delaware
$34,430
Oregon
$34,270
Hawaii
$34,110
Minnesota
$33,740
Nebraska
$33,500
Nevada
$32,530
Wisconsin
$32,400
West Virginia
$31,740
Idaho
$31,320
South Carolina
$29,860
South Dakota
$29,600
Indiana
$29,500
Oklahoma
$29,480
Louisiana
$28,570
Kentucky
$28,230
Montana
$27,140
Arkansas
$25,490
Puerto Rico
$23,820



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