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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Museum Technician and Conservators Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$23,520
25th Percentile Wage
$30,560
50th Percentile Wage
$40,670
75th Percentile Wage
$54,700
90th Percentile Wage
$72,240

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 $72,240. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $40,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $23,520. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 207% 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 museum technicians and conservators from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$40,670
1.55% 6.02%
2016
$40,040
-0.75% -
2015
$40,340
0.99% -
2014
$39,940
-0.20% -
2013
$40,020
4.50% -
2012
$38,220
- -

Table 2. Museum Technician and Conservators Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of museum technicians and conservators in 10 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 professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $65,110. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $32,020).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$65,110
Transportation and Warehousing
$63,030
Information
$51,170
Educational Services
$46,500
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$45,370
Federal, State, and Local Government
$43,360
Finance and Insurance
$39,840
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$38,220
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$36,300
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$32,020

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 $19,970 to $66,520. The highest paying state for museum technicians and conservators is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $66,520. The lowest paying state is Montana with a median annual salary of $19,970. 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
$66,520
New York
$55,600
Maryland
$53,930
Rhode Island
$53,610
Connecticut
$51,480
Massachusetts
$46,980
New Jersey
$46,760
California
$44,980
Alaska
$41,750
New Hampshire
$41,520
Georgia
$41,350
Washington
$40,550
Iowa
$40,380
New Mexico
$40,260
Oregon
$39,850
Florida
$39,520
Virginia
$39,120
Texas
$39,000
Kentucky
$38,940
Tennessee
$38,850
Illinois
$38,720
Colorado
$38,300
Arizona
$38,230
Alabama
$37,930
Maine
$37,820
Pennsylvania
$37,720
Missouri
$37,460
Nevada
$36,320
Minnesota
$36,290
Hawaii
$36,240
North Carolina
$36,090
Wyoming
$36,080
Ohio
$35,180
Vermont
$34,780
Delaware
$34,430
Kansas
$34,420
Wisconsin
$33,720
Michigan
$33,410
Indiana
$32,180
South Carolina
$31,770
West Virginia
$31,740
Nebraska
$31,730
Idaho
$31,320
Utah
$30,860
Oklahoma
$30,360
South Dakota
$29,080
Arkansas
$28,070
Puerto Rico
$23,320
Louisiana
$20,690
Montana
$19,970



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