The average salary for an Archaeologist is $51,115 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Research Analysis and Project Management.

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$32,812 - $76,113  
   
Bonus
$199.56 - $5,139  
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$31,730 - $73,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 138
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $30.34  
   
Hourly Tips
$6.00  
Overtime
$20.76 - $38.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$199.56 - $5,139  
   
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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$31,730 - $73,710  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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 49%

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$47,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Archaeologist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 31%

Project Management
up arrow 27%

National Average
$47,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 1%


Database Management & Reporting
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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