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Museum Educator Salary

Museum Educators in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $37K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $21K, and the higher rates verge on $45K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and a little more than half claim dental coverage as well. Women make up the vast majority of Museum Educators (86 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Museum Educators like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,930 - $46,253
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$46K
MEDIAN: $37,183
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$8.38 - $19.66
(Median)
$8
$12
$20
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,930 - $46,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.35  
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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$20,605 - $44,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 70
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $19.66  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $494.35  
   
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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$20,605 - $44,872  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 40

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Job Description for Museum Educator

  • Organize and lead on- and off-site educational programs.
  • Research and develop specialized educational planning, including grant-funded planning.
  • Research, develop, lead, and implement all museum education programs.
  • Train and mentor educational program volunteers.

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Pay by Experience Level for Museum Educator

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $32K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. Museum Educators see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Museum Educators who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $45K.

Museum Educator Reviews

What is it like working as a Museum Educator?

Museum Educator in Philadelphia:
"Never A Dull Moment."
Pros: Good working environment and great animals interactions and husbandry.
Cons: Pay scale is very low for the work that is provided.

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Experience Affects Museum Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Mid-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 70% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 40% employee benefits None: 29%