Curator Salary

For Curators, yearly average wages total $49K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Curators making up 78 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in three are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by more than half and dental insurance is reported by half. Most Curators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,101 - $79,458
$33K
$49K
$79K
MEDIAN: $48,791
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$12.00 - $28.50
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MEDIAN: $18.24
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$0$79K
Salary $33,101 - $79,458
Bonus $1,474
Commission $75.00
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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$30,550 - $78,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 131
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $12.00 - $28.50
Overtime $31.81
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $1,474
Commission $75.00
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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$30,550 - $78,431
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • 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.
  • Assist in developing programs and special events.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Curator


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Many Curators move into a Museum Curator role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Museum Curators on average bring in a similar salary to Curators.

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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: $46,197

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

Curators will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 53 percent. Curators can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+36 percent), New York (+31 percent), Newport News (+7 percent), and Washington (+6 percent).

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Key Stats for Curator

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$46,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼13%

Skills That Affect Curator Salaries

Project Management
▲35%

National Average
$46,000

Technical Writing
▼11%

Research Analysis
▼12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 32%
no benefits
None: 31%
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