Archivist Salary

An average Archivist in the United States can expect to take home roughly $48K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most Archivists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Female Archivists make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,644 - $66,209
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$48K
$66K
MEDIAN: $48,421
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$10.04 - $24.91
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$0$66K
Salary $32,644 - $66,209
Bonus $484.79 - $4,949
Total Pay (?
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$29,754 - $65,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 240
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $24.91
Overtime $19.98 - $34.98
Annual Data $0$65K
Bonus $484.79 - $4,949
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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$29,754 - $65,617
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 95

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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items such as documents, manuscripts, books, and artifacts, and are often employed by organizations which work with historical documents.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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Archivists may experience a deep cut in pay as they move into an upper-level role like Museum Archivist or Curator. That position usually brings in $35K.

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

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

Pay by Experience for an Archivist has a positive trend. An entry-level Archivist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 205 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Archivist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Archivist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 63 salaries. An Archivist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,835

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, 41 percent above the national average. Archivists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Stamford (+39 percent), Houston (+35 percent), Boston (+14 percent), and New York (+10 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Raleigh Archivists earning much less — 34 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (33 percent less) and Pittsburgh (12 percent less).

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Key Stats for Archivist

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

▲20%

▲15%

▲9%

National Average
$45,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries


Research Analysis
▲8%


digitization
▼0%

National Average
$45,000

Cataloging
▼1%



Adobe InDesign
▼11%

Microsoft Office
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 17%
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