Archivist Salary

The average Archivist in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Archivists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Archivists are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (69 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,941 - $67,598
(Median)
$32K
$44K
$68K
MEDIAN: $44,065
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$11.87 - $26.86
(Median)
$12
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$31,941 - $67,598  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$30,125 - $67,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 341
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $26.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $34.34  
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,048  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$30,125 - $67,484  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 119
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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 diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Research Analysis, Metadata Management, digitization, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Records Management. It is not unusual for someone who knows Adobe InDesign to be familiar with Adobe Photoshop as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

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


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $40K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $46K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Archivists make a median salary of $53K. For some reason, Archivists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $50K.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Research Analysis
up arrow 14%

Metadata Management
up arrow 10%

digitization
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000


Cataloging
up arrow 6%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%

Records Management
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 60 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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