The average salary for an Archaeologist is $46,161 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. A skill in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is associated with high pay for this job.
Archaeologist Total Pay (?
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$30,576 - $69,282
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MEDIAN: $46,161
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Archaeologist Total Pay (?
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$11.89 - $25.30
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,576 - $69,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,000  
Total Pay (?
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$27,501 - $66,692  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $25.30  
   
Overtime
$16.11 - $43.11  
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$0.00 - $4,000  
   
Total Pay (?
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$27,501 - $66,692  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 269
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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.
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 40%
Experienced
up arrow 10%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$43,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Archaeologist Salaries

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
up arrow 13%
National Average
$43,000
Technical Writing
up arrow 2%
Job Satisfaction
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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 74 votes.
Gender
Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
9%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 73% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 24%
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