Archaeologist Salary

An Archaeologist earns an average salary of $49,734 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on pay for this job.

$31,495 - $72,505
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$73K
MEDIAN: $49,734
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90%

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$12.51 - $27.90
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$31,495 - $72,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
Total Pay (?
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$29,965 - $71,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $27.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.00  
Overtime
$20.95 - $41.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,932  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,965 - $71,266  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 143
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Job Description for Archaeologist

While the popular image of the profession might be informed in the public eye by the Indiana Jones movies, there's little of the swashbuckling and danger involved in being an actual archaeologist. Many persons who work as archaeologists are not even employed by universities. More and more, construction and civil engineering companies are finding the need for having archaeologists on staff. Public works departments in city and state government are also likely to employ archaeologists. These employees still work with the artifacts and remains of long-departed cultures, but they typically do so under very controlled circumstances.

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Archaeologist Tasks

  • Plan, develop, and perform laboratory and field work.
  • Monitor field work.
  • Evaluate proposals and budgets.
  • Ensure compliance with laws and regulations.
  • Supervise archaeological excavation areas and the restoration and stabilization of the area.

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Pay by Experience Level for Archaeologist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Archaeologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%

Experienced
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Archaeologist Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
0%

National Average
$45,000

Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 2%

Research Analysis
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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