Archivists in the United States take home an average $45K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The majority of Archivists claim high levels of job satisfaction. A strong majority enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Archivists making up 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,178 - $66,420
$32K
$45K
$66K
MEDIAN: $44,768
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90%

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$10.31 - $26.10
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$32,178 - $66,420  
   
Bonus
$489.36 - $4,966  
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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$30,332 - $65,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.31 - $26.10  
   
Overtime
$20.18 - $34.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$489.36 - $4,966  
   
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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$30,332 - $65,718  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 94

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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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Many Archivists move into Museum Archivist or Curator roles. Museum Archivists and Curators seem to make a little less than Archivists as their salaries average out to $35K a year.

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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 Metadata Management, Research Analysis, Project Management, and digitization are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Office, Records Management, and Adobe Photoshop. Those familiar with Adobe Photoshop also tend to know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

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


For Archivists, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $48K. Archivists who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Archivists with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $52K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,606

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

For those looking to make money, Archivists in Washington enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 44 percent above the national average. Archivists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+39 percent), San Francisco (+22 percent), Boston (+20 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Archivists in Dallas earning a whopping 30 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Archivist

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 18%


National Average
$43,000


Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries


Research Analysis
up arrow 13%


digitization
up arrow 5%

Cataloging
up arrow 3%

National Average
$43,000

Adobe InDesign
up arrow 6%


Records Management
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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