Museum Educator Salary
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.
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.Read More...
Museum educators may coordinate with one or more schools or colleges to create learning programs or workshops and may teach some classes directly. As such, strong communication skills and a professional yet entertaining persona are highly beneficial for this position, and they may also be responsible for hiring, managing, and budgeting volunteers for the museum. This may include the distribution of resources, monetary management of providing uniforms, scheduling training sessions, and other expenses. A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this position, and museum educators typically work forty-hour weeks while some overtime may occasionally be necessary.
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.