Archivist Salary (United States)

The average Archivist in the United States earns approximately $42,497 per year. Compensation starts at $29,642 and can reach $67,503 per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Women account for the majority of Archivists—62 percent to be exact. For the most part, Archivists enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Archivist Salary (?
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$33,603 - $66,969
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MEDIAN: $45,249
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Archivist Salary (?
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$10.20 - $33.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,603 - $66,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
Total Pay (?
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$29,642 - $67,503  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $33.54  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $27.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$29,642 - $67,503  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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Job Description for Archivist

  • Create and display exhibits virtually and in situ, ensuring educational merit and safety of artifacts.
  • Audit and conduct quality assurance of collections, including preservation and storage best practices.
  • Develop tools and workflows to collect, add metadata, and present artifacts, collections, and associated information.
  • Develop content for public-facing websites.

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Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
At career start, salaries are typically $39,879, which grows to $46K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $53K. After working for two decades in the field, Archivists experience a drop in salary, averaging $42K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 20 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 7 percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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Seattle
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$42,000
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For those looking to make money, Archivists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. Archivists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent) and Boston (+18 percent). Atlanta is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 1 percent.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$42,000
Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Research Analysis
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National Average
$42,000
Cataloging
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%
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