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Archivist Salary

Median pay for Archivists in the United States is around $44K per year. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Archivists claim high levels of job satisfaction. More than half of Archivists (67 percent) survey participants are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,970 - $66,115
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,113
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90%

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$10.33 - $30.79
(Median)
$10
$17
$31
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
$32,970 - $66,115  
   
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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$30,209 - $66,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.33 - $30.79  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $27.82  
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).
)
$30,209 - $66,307  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 90

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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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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Records Management, Project Management, Research Analysis, and Metadata Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 15 percent and 19 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $46K. Archivists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $44K.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 22%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Records Management
up arrow 19%

Project Management
up arrow 17%

Research Analysis
up arrow 15%

National Average
$42,000

Metadata Management
up arrow 7%

Cataloging
up arrow 9%

digitization
up arrow 10%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 18%