Archaeologist Salary (United States)

An Archaeologist earns an average salary of $45,397 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is associated with high pay for this job.
Archaeologist Total Pay (?
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$30,358 - $68,689
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MEDIAN: $45,397
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Archaeologist Total Pay (?
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$11.92 - $25.73
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,358 - $68,689  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
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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$27,626 - $66,091  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $25.73  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $42.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,861  
   
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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$27,626 - $66,091  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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Job Description for Archaeologist
Archeologists are involved in field work and lab work. They must be physically fit because they are often involved in excavating a work site. They may have to dig or transport materials in harsh environments with extreme temperatures and weather conditions. Archeologists must have a strong math background; particularly in statistics. It is also important that they have good writing and communication skills. They write reports on their findings which may be submitted to scientific or academic journals. Archeologists use many excavation tools as well as technological tools for their job.
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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.
Pay Difference By Location
Sacramento
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National Average
$43,000
Atlanta
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Experience Affects Archaeologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 49%
Experienced
up arrow 6%
National Average
$43,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 1%
Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Archaeologist Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 17%
National Average
$43,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
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Gender
Female
44%
female alumni
 
Male
56%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 22%
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