A Historian earns an average salary of $41,912 per year. A skill in Writing Procedures & Documentation is associated with high pay for this job.

$30,116 - $79,463
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MEDIAN: $41,912
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$11.17 - $29.72
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$30,116 - $79,463  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $4,966  
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$28,056 - $74,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$11.17 - $29.72  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.40  
Overtime
$38.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$97.87 - $4,966  
   
Profit Sharing
$800  
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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$28,056 - $74,554  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 22

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Job Description for Historian

Historians study events, political systems, ideas, and people from past eras by researching and interpreting various historical documents and sources. They approach this task by first gathering data from various sources, such as ancient artifacts, items from excavation sites, and historical books and archives. From there, they must be able to analyze this evidence, determine its authenticity, and make hypotheses about its significance. With these hypotheses, they begin to track historical developments in a relevant field in search of support for their projections. If they are able to come to a conclusion, historians will usually be required to write reports, journals, and/or books regarding their findings and theories. They may also arrange to have their findings presented on websites and in exhibits in museums or visitor centers.

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Historian Tasks

  • Research, evaluate, and document events of the past that instill value to the area of focus.
  • Present findings to individuals and groups through publications and exhibits.
  • Glean historical information from physical, electronic, and in-person sources.
  • Gather, organize, and present research data in useful context to communicate value to intended audiences.

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Pay by Experience Level for Historian

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Key Stats for Historian

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Historian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$42,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Historian Salaries

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 31%

Research Analysis
up arrow 2%

National Average
$42,000

Technical Writing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 42%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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