Curator Salary

An average Curator in the United States can expect to take home roughly $47K annually. Earnings generally vary between $25K and $71K per year. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While one in four report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Female Curators make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,199 - $71,108

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$10.00 - $30.48

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,199 - $71,108  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
Total Pay (?
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$25,365 - $70,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $30.48  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$25,365 - $70,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 42
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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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $43K. On average, Curators make $50K following one to two decades on the job. 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 18%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
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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