Historian Salary

The average salary for a Historian is $46,283 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are Technical Writing and Research Analysis.

$34,029 - $80,537
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$34K
$46K
$81K
MEDIAN: $46,283
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$10.83 - $29.95
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$34,029 - $80,537  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
Total Pay (?
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$28,458 - $73,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $29.95  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,966  
   
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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$28,458 - $73,502  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30
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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Historians study events, political systems, ideas, and people from past eras by researching and interpreting various historical documents and sources.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

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Historian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Experience Affects Historian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 53%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$45,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Historian Salaries

Technical Writing
up arrow 34%

Research Analysis
up arrow 15%

Writing Procedures & Documentation
up arrow 4%

National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 75% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 25%
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