Archivists, curators, & museum technicians

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2019 Workforce
72.6k
Average Age
43
Average Salary
$54,161
Average Male Salary
$57,246
Average Female Salary
$51,667

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Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are most often employed by the Museums, art galleries, historical sites, & similar institutions industry. The average yearly wage for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians was $54,161 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Archivists, curators, & museum technicians by wage are Interior designers, Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters, and Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, Bedford-Stuyvesant PUMA, NY, and Allston, Brighton & Fenway PUMA, MA. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are Bedford-Stuyvesant PUMA, NY, District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, and Allston, Brighton & Fenway PUMA, MA.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Archivists, curators, & museum technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Museums, art galleries, historical sites, & similar institutions is the industry that employs the most Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, by average wage, is Miscellaneous retail stores. Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are paid most in Cambridge City PUMA, MA but are relatively concentrated in Bedford-Stuyvesant PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$54,161
AVERAGE SALARY
± $3,785

In 2019, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians earned an average of $54,161, $1,363 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Interior designers make somewhat more than Archivists, curators, & museum technicians while Supervisors of transportation & material moving workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Archivists, curators, & museum technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.385
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.385, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, by number of employees, are Museums, art galleries, historical sites, & similar institutions, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Libraries & archives.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, by average wage, are Miscellaneous retail stores, National security & international affairs, and Other general government & support.

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Industries by Share

72.6k
2019 Workforce
± 6,612
38.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.1%

The number of people employed as Archivists, curators, & museum technicians has been growing at a rate of 38.9%, from 52,257 people in 2018 to 72,561 people in 2019.

This graphic shows the share of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians employed by various industries. Museums, art galleries, historical sites, & similar institutions employs the largest share of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians at  67.2%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 11% and Libraries & archives with 2.73%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Archivists, curators, & museum technicians in the US. The average age of male Archivists, curators, & museum technicians in the workforce is 43.7 and of female Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is 42.5, and the most common race/ethnicity for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

32.4k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,421
40.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,918

55.3% of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

82.4% of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 4.97% of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians.

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Age by Gender

43.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.11
42.5
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.85

The median age of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is 43, and Male employees are generally 1.29 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is Visual & Performing Arts but a relatively high number of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians hold a major in Library Science.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Archivists, curators, & museum technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Archivists, curators, & museum technicians need more than the average amount of Management of Material Resources, Management of Financial Resources, and Technology Design.

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