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Archivist Salary

The average Archivist in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $45K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Archivists survey participants are largely women, dominating at 65 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,616 - $66,835
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$67K
MEDIAN: $45,244
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$10.26 - $31.42
(Median)
$10
$17
$31
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,616 - $66,835  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,040  
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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$30,235 - $67,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.26 - $31.42  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.04  
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 - $2,040  
   
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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$30,235 - $67,170  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 87
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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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Job skills reported by Archivists are limited. Most notably, facility with Project Management and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent and 14 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Adobe Photoshop and Cataloging.

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 $40K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $46K. Archivists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $52K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Archivists report making only $43K on average.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Late-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$43,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 27%

Research Analysis
up arrow 14%

National Average
$43,000

Cataloging
up arrow 5%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 18%