Anthropologist Salary

An Anthropologist earns an average salary of $50,000 per year. Experience strongly influences income for this job.

$30,134 - $116,933

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$30,414 - $149,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Job Description for Anthropologist

Anthropologists focus on answering complex questions regarding human origins by utilizing socio-cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic fields of study. To best understand their subjects, most anthropologists work closely with local cultures and the people they are researching, so both physical and mental adaptability to different and often-challenging life situations is very important in this position. From interviewing research subjects to in-field observations, anthropologists must be intrusive enough to extract necessary information while staying delicate and diplomatic enough to avoid disrupting the local aura.


Anthropologist Tasks

  • Gather, analyze and report data addressing human physique, social customs, artifacts, sociolinguistics, personalities, or societies.
  • May apply anthropological data to solving current problems.
  • Comparatively study the origin, evolution, race, distribution, and the physical, cultural, and social development of human beings and cultures.

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Experience Affects Anthropologist Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


37 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 23%