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Average Archivist Salary

$50,088
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,464
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The average salary for an Archivist is $50,088.
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$34k
MEDIAN
$50k
90%
$69k
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What Do Archivists Do?

Archivist Tasks
  • Develop tools and workflows to collect, add metadata, and present artifacts, collections, and associated information.
  • Develop content for public-facing websites.
  • Create and display exhibits virtually and in situ, ensuring educational merit and safety of artifacts.
  • Audit and conduct quality assurance of collections, including preservation and storage best practices.

Job Satisfaction for Archivist

4 out of 5
(82)
Highly Satisfied
3Reviews
The top respondents for the job title Archivist are from the companies Columbia University, Yale University and Diocese of Kansas City. Reported salaries are highest at Columbia University where the average pay is $76,749. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Yale University, earning around $58,958. Sisters of Notre Dame pays the lowest at around $42,151. Diocese of Kansas City also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $43,718.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Archivists?

Skills in Project Management and Reference Services are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Metadata Management, Cataloging and Records Management.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Archivists?

An entry-level Archivist with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $39,328 based on 13 salaries. An early career Archivist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,520 based on 264 salaries. A mid-career Archivist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,339 based on 146 salaries. An experienced Archivist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $58,183 based on 96 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,819.
Employees with Archivist in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 18.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (15.4% more) and Los Angeles, California (13.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Kansas City, Missouri (12.5% less), Atlanta, Georgia (1.6% less) and Chicago, Illinois (0.1% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 553 survey responses.
Entry Level
2.4%
Early Career
47.7%
Mid Career
26.4%
Experienced
17.4%
Late Career
6.1%