Museum Educators in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by approximately half. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 80 percent of Museum Educators are female. Work is enjoyable for Museum Educators, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$26,016 - $48,654
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MEDIAN: $35,509
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$8.28 - $18.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$26,016 - $48,654  
   
Bonus
$750  
Total Pay (?
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$19,403 - $46,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $18.51  
   
Overtime
$15.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$750  
   
Total Pay (?
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$19,403 - $46,430  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 58
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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.


For Museum Educators, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $30K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $35K. Museum Educators with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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 31%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Skills That Affect Museum Educator Salaries

Program Development
up arrow 6%

National Average
$32,000

Childhood Education
up arrow 3%

Curriculum Planning
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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