Museum Educator Salary

Museum Educators in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $37K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most Museum Educators report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Museum Educators (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to one-third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$29,075 - $47,677
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $37,186
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$8.28 - $19.07
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$29,075 - $47,677  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
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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$20,269 - $45,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $19.07  
   
Overtime
$20.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $986  
   
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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$20,269 - $45,513  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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Job Description for Museum Educator

Museum educators are tasked with entertaining and educating children within a museum. They may also travel and visit schools to inform school-aged children about what the museum might offer, such as scientific exhibits or fossils.

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Museum Educator Tasks

  • 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.


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $36K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $32K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Museum Educators make a median salary of $35K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $43K on average.

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 29%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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