Museum Educator Salary
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.
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
- 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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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.
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