Museum Educators in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of Museum Educators (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under one in three lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by a little less than one-half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$25,540 - $48,061
$26K
$35K
$48K
MEDIAN: $35,309
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$8.68 - $18.31
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$25,540 - $48,061  
   
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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$19,465 - $46,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 94
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$8.68 - $18.31  
   
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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$19,465 - $46,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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

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 $30K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Museum Educators make a median salary of $35K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $43K on average.

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
82 %
Male
18 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Museum Educator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 33%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$32,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Skills That Affect Museum Educator Salaries

Program Development
up arrow 8%

National Average
$32,000


Curriculum Planning
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 31%
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