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Archivist Salary

Average Archivists in the United States make around $44K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Archivists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,210 - $66,192
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,041
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90%

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$10.38 - $26.87
(Median)
$10
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,210 - $66,192  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
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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$30,384 - $66,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 271
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.38 - $26.87  
   
Overtime
$9.50 - $27.63  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,032  
   
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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$30,384 - $66,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 92

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Job Description for Archivist

Archivists organize items such as documents, manuscripts, books, and artifacts, and are often employed by organizations which work with historical documents.

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Archivist Tasks

  • 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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Archivists report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Records Management, Project Management, Research Analysis, and Metadata Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 20 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop, digitization, and Cataloging.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $39K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $44K on average.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Records Management
up arrow 20%

Project Management
up arrow 18%

Research Analysis
up arrow 16%

National Average
$42,000

Metadata Management
up arrow 6%

Cataloging
up arrow 8%

digitization
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 16%
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