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Curator Salary (United States)

A Curator earns an average salary of $44,234 per year.
Curator Salary (?
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$25,842 - $69,000
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MEDIAN: $44,234
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Curator Salary (?
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$9.81 - $27.50
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$25,842 - $69,000  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
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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$24,380 - $66,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 178
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.81 - $27.50  
   
Overtime
$13.78 - $25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,891  
   
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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$24,380 - $66,814  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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Job Description for Curator

  • 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

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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%
Experienced
up arrow 14%
Mid-Career
up arrow 4%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 26%