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Curator Salary (United States)

Median pay for Curators in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $45K annually. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Female Curators make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Most Curators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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Curator Salary (?
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$26,557 - $68,580
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MEDIAN: $44,697
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Curator Salary (?
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$9.83 - $24.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$26,557 - $68,580  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
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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$24,619 - $65,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$9.83 - $24.96  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,086  
   
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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$24,619 - $65,895  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 45
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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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $36K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. On average, Curators make $47K following one to two decades on the job. As Curators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $52K.
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Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 12%
Mid-Career
0%
National Average
$42,000
Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 74% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 24%