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Curator, Museum Salary

A Curator, Museum earns an average salary of $49,658 per year. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$30,594 - $78,342
(Median)
$31K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $49,657
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$9.80 - $23.49
(Median)
$9
$15
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,594 - $78,342  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
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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$26,265 - $74,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.80 - $23.49  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,957  
   
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).
)
$26,265 - $74,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Curator, Museum

A curator, museum is the person in charge of most of the content displayed and acquired by the museum he or she works for. The curator works to decide what is shown in the museum and how it is displayed, as well as the context and placement of the exhibition. Curators are specialized by the type of museum, and facilities dedicated to art, history, anthropology, or physical science will all have at least one person in this managerial position with an extensive, strong background and set of credentials in the subject matter.

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Curator, Museum Tasks

  • Assist in developing a long-term plan for rotating exhibits with the goal of reaching new and diverse audiences.
  • Coordinate with the collections committee to ensure additions follow the museum's collection philosophy.
  • Coordinate museum curators and collections management faculty.
  • Oversee the operation of the museum and off-site area storage.
  • Build rapport with donors and potential donors, and negotiate to acquire specific collections or individual items.

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Pay by Experience Level for Curator, Museum

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

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Experience Affects Curator, Museum Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 35%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 18%
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