Archivist Salary

Archivists in the United States can expect to earn an average of $47K per year. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Archivists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Archivists making up 75 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,824 - $67,105
$33K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,961
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$10.09 - $25.75
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$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.28
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,824 - $67,105  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $4,913  
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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$30,019 - $66,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $25.75  
   
Overtime
$12.31 - $40.75  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$487.96 - $4,913  
   
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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$30,019 - $66,162  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 98

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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

  • Develop tools and workflows to collect, add metadata, and present artifacts, collections, and associated information.
  • Develop content for public-facing websites.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Archivist


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Archivists may see a hefty downturn in earnings if they take top-notch roles like Museum Archivist or Curator. The average pay for a Museum Archivist or Curator is $35K.

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Popular Skills for Archivist


Survey results suggest that Archivists put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Metadata Management, Project Management, and digitization are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, and Records Management. Those proficient in Adobe Photoshop are, more often than not, also skilled in Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

Pay by Experience for an Archivist has a positive trend. An entry-level Archivist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 205 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Archivist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Archivist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 63 salaries. An Archivist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,375

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Archivists, 42 percent higher than the national average. Archivists will also find cushy salaries in Stamford (+40 percent), Houston (+36 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Archivists in Raleigh make 34 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay. Dallas and Pittsburgh are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 32 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Archivist

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

▲21%

▲16%

▲10%

National Average
$44,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries


Research Analysis
▲9%


digitization
▲1%

Cataloging
▼0%

National Average
$44,000



Adobe InDesign
▼10%

Microsoft Office
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
no benefits
None: 19%
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