Archivist Salary

Archivists in the United States take home approximately $47K annually on average. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most Archivists like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Archivists make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,368 - $67,010
$33K
$47K
$67K
MEDIAN: $46,733
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$10.14 - $25.98
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MEDIAN: $18.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,368 - $67,010  
   
Bonus
$487.96 - $4,913  
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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$30,524 - $66,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $25.98  
   
Overtime
$20.18 - $34.37  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$487.96 - $4,913  
   
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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$30,524 - $66,194  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | 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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Archivists often transition into a Museum Archivist or Curator position. Museum Archivists and Curators report a slightly lower median income of $35K.

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Popular Skills for Archivist


Archivists report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. The majority of those who know Adobe Photoshop also know Adobe InDesign.

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $41K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $49K. Archivists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $54K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $44,195

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

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Archivists, 43 percent above the national average. Archivists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Stamford (+41 percent), Houston (+37 percent), Boston (+15 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Raleigh Archivists earning much less — 33 percent less — than the national average. Workers in Dallas and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (32 percent less and 11 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Archivist

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Archivist Salaries

▲22%

▲17%

▲10%

National Average
$44,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Archivist Salaries


Research Analysis
▲9%


digitization
▲1%

Cataloging
▼0%

National Average
$44,000



Adobe InDesign
▼9%

Microsoft Office
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
vision benefits
Vision: 52%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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