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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of librarians, curators, and archivists from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Educational Services|| |
|Real Estate and Rental and Leasing|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
|Transportation and Warehousing|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Accommodation and Food Services|| |
|Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Retail Trade|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
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|
|Museum Technicians and Conservators|| |
|Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians|| |
|Library Technicians|| |