Museum Educator Salary

Those pursuing careers as Museum Educators in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Museum Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are far more female Museum Educators who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 86 percent. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and half get dental coverage, too. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,722 - $46,437
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$46K
MEDIAN: $36,774
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$8.29 - $19.38
(Median)
$8
$12
$19
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,722 - $46,437  
   
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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$20,612 - $44,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.29 - $19.38  
   
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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$20,612 - $44,722  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 47
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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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $31K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $37K. On average, Museum Educators make $34K following one to two decades on the job. Museum Educators who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $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 38%

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$33,000

Entry-Level
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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
8%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 28%
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