Archivist Salary

The average Archivist in the United States earns approximately $44K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$33,010 - $67,212

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$11.13 - $25.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,010 - $67,212  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
Total Pay (?
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$30,352 - $66,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 294
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.13 - $25.83  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $44.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,020  
   
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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$30,352 - $66,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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items such as documents, manuscripts, books, and artifacts, and are often employed by organizations which work with historical documents.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 Project Management, digitization, Research Analysis, and Adobe InDesign are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 17 percent, 16 percent, 15 percent, and 15 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office, and Cataloging. Experience with Adobe InDesign is often linked with knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

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


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $47K. Archivists see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $46K.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 24%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$42,000


Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 17%

digitization
up arrow 16%

Research Analysis
up arrow 15%

National Average
$42,000

Records Management
up arrow 5%

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 5%

Metadata Management
up arrow 6%

Cataloging
up arrow 9%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 15%
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