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Curator Salary

For Curators, yearly average wages total $46K annually. Compensation ranges between $25K and $70K per year. While some workers in this profession — close to one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and slightly more than half have dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Curators making up 71 percent. Most Curators like their work and job satisfaction is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$26,139 - $70,873
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$71K
MEDIAN: $46,101
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$9.97 - $29.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$26,139 - $70,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$24,858 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 186
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $29.48  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$24,858 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 39

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Job Description for Curator

Curators are professionals who oversee and manage a collection of some kind, typically related to art or science. They are often employed by museums, galleries, and universities but may be employed by any organization that has a valuable collection requiring care by someone with expertise in a particular field. They are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of the collection, as well as the ability to determine the best way to care for the pieces in it.

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Curator 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

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


For many Curators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $36K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $43K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Curators who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $52K.

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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%
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