Archaeologist Salary (United States)

An Archaeologist earns an average salary of $45,830 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 Salary (?
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$30,042 - $70,120
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MEDIAN: $45,829
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Archaeologist Salary (?
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$12.11 - $25.93
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,042 - $70,120  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
Total Pay (?
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$27,712 - $67,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.11 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$18.87 - $41.96  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,894  
   
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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$27,712 - $67,868  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

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$43,000
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Experience Affects Archaeologist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 57%
Experienced
up arrow 8%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Archaeologist Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 25%
National Average
$43,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 1%
Research Analysis
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 23%