Museum Educator Salary

Museum Educators in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of Museum Educators claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Museum Educators who took the survey — 81 percent to be exact. While roughly a third report receiving no health benefits, a majority do receive medical coverage, and a little less than half have dental, as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,517 - $47,670
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,010
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$8.66 - $18.41
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MEDIAN: $12.22
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,517 - $47,670  
   
Bonus
$1,000  
Total Pay (?
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$19,197 - $45,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $18.41  
   
Overtime
$15.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$1,000  
   
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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$19,197 - $45,787  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 58

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Job Description for Museum Educator

Museum educators are responsible for designing and overseeing the attractions and events at a museum. They must ensure that these activities provide both education and entertainment for guests, and their main task is to develop a learning strategy in accordance with the ideals and ethos of the museum, and using it as a foundation for other tasks such as developing activities, displays, lectures, and similar programs.

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Museum Educator Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Museum Educator

Pay by Experience for a Museum Educator has a positive trend. An entry-level Museum Educator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 114 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Museum Educator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Museum Educator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 24 salaries. A Museum Educator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 8 salaries.

Museum Educator Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Museum Educator

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Museum Educator Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Mid-Career
▲10%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$32,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Museum Educator Salaries

Program Development
▲7%

Public Speaking
▲3%

National Average
$32,000


Curriculum Planning
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 32%