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Archivist Salary (United States)

Archivists in the United States usually make around $45K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. In a profession dominated by women, 62 percent of Archivists are female. The majority of Archivists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Archivist Salary (?
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$33,603 - $66,969
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MEDIAN: $45,249
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Archivist Salary (?
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$10.20 - $33.54
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,603 - $66,969  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
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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$29,642 - $67,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $33.54  
   
Overtime
$-0.49 - $27.82  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$29,642 - $67,503  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 83
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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 note just a narrow range of job skills. Those who have experience with Research Analysis, Cataloging, and Adobe Photoshop can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Adobe Photoshop and Cataloging.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $40K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $46K. Archivists see a median salary of $52K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $42K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a majority of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up close to one-fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise fewer than one in twenty, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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Seattle
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Boston
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Los Angeles
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New York
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National Average
$42,000
Atlanta
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Archivists will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Archivists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+29 percent) and Boston (+18 percent). Trailing the national average by 1 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

Experienced
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Mid-Career
up arrow 9%
National Average
$42,000
Late-Career
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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries

Research Analysis
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National Average
$42,000
Cataloging
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Adobe Photoshop
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
62%
female alumni
 
Male
38%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 19%