Curator Salary

Curators in the United States can expect wages of $48K per year on average. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Curators is high. While some workers in this profession — just under a third — do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and a little less than half have dental insurance. Most Curators survey respondents are women (76 percent). The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$33,423 - $78,930
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$48K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,018
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$11.63 - $29.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$33,423 - $78,930  
   
Bonus
$1,474  
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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$30,899 - $77,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 121
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $29.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.50  
Overtime
$27.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$1,474  
   
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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$30,899 - $77,118  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 26

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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.

Common Career Paths for Curator


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Curators who transition into an upper level Museum Curator position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Museum Curator makes $42K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Curator

Pay by Experience for a Curator has a positive trend. An entry-level Curator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Curator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Curator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 54 salaries. A Curator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,909

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

With a pay rate for Curators that is 54 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Curators will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+37 percent), New York (+32 percent), Newport News (+8 percent), and Washington (+7 percent).

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Key Stats for Curator

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
▲31%

Experienced
▲9%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Curator Salaries

Project Management
▲36%

National Average
$46,000

Technical Writing
▼10%

Research Analysis
▼11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 30%