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 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.Read More...
Their job is to teach and influence not only the children, but also their families, and they may provide guided tours of the museum's exhibits. Museum educators should have superb organizational and listening skills, a sense of humor, cheery disposition, flexible hours, and the ability to stand and walk for long periods of time. They should also be self-starters, as they often develop their own lesson plans and set schedules based on what's best for the children and their families.
This can be an enjoyable position with opportunities for public speaking and engaging in things such as interactive roleplay to entertain and educate children simultaneously and ensure that everyone is enjoying their time at the museum. Sometimes museum educators help train and hire new staff or volunteers, so leadership skills are beneficial in this position, and some also arrange other activities in or near the museum, such as birthday parties or camping trips.
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.