Average Archivist Salary

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The average salary for an Archivist is $48,853.
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$34k - $68k
$291 - $5k
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$30k - $66k

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Job Description for Archivist

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.
The top respondents for the job title Archivist are from the companies Columbia University, National Archives and Records Administration and Sisters of Notre Dame. Reported salaries are highest at Columbia University where the average pay is $74,649. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Yale University, earning around $60,000. Sisters of Notre Dame pays the lowest at around $38,676. National Archives and Records Administration also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $55,566.

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Popular Skills for Archivist

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

Pay by Experience Level for Archivist

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 $39,381 based on 81 salaries. An early career Archivist with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $44,859 based on 341 salaries. A mid-career Archivist with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,449 based on 201 salaries. An experienced Archivist with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,202 based on 114 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $57,555.
Employees with Archivist in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 19.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (11.1% more) and New York, New York (10.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (8.3% less).

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