Curator Salary

Pay for Curators in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K annually. Compensation ranges from $25K on the lower end to $70K per year on the higher end. While nearly one-fourth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and slightly more than half have dental, as well. Work is enjoyable for Curators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Curators making up 70 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,417 - $70,559
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$28K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $46,452
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$10.00 - $30.48
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$28,417 - $70,559  
   
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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$25,114 - $70,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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$25,114 - $70,016  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; 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. 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 $52K on average.

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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 19%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

National Average
$44,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 38% employee benefits None: 24%
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