Archivists, curators, & museum technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
61.5k
Average Age
44.1
Average Salary
$54,189
Average Male Salary
$59,212
Average Female Salary
$50,853

About

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 $54,189 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Archivists, curators, & museum technicians by wage are Avionics technicians, Maintenance workers, machinery, and Plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY, Alexandria City PUMA, VA, and District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY, Alexandria City PUMA, VA, and Chapel Hill Town PUMA, NC.

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 Scientific research & development services. Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are paid most in Chinatown & Lower East Side PUMA, NY but are relatively concentrated in Battery Park City, Greenwich Village & Soho PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$54,189
AVERAGE SALARY
± $4,646

In 2020, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians earned an average of $54,189, $1,765 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Avionics technicians make somewhat more than Archivists, curators, & museum technicians while Maintenance workers, machinery 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

0.409
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Archivists, curators, & museum technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.409, 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

Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians, by average wage, are Scientific research & development services, Electronic shopping and mail-order houses, and National security & international affairs.

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Industries by Share

61.5k
2020 Workforce
± 6,089
12.2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 12.8%

The number of people employed as Archivists, curators, & museum technicians has been growing at a rate of 12.2%, from 54,842 people in 2019 to 61,533 people in 2020.

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  65.1%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 11.6% and Libraries & archives with 3.44%.

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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 45.5 and of female Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is 43.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

24.6k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 3,847
37k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,720

60.1% of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex 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. Black (Non-Hispanic)

82.8% of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 3.74% 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 Sex

45.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.36
43.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.97

The median age of Archivists, curators, & museum technicians is 44.1, and Male employees are generally 2.36 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

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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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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