$49,298
Avg. Salary
$18.93
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,250

Bonus

$50.87

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Curator is $18.93 per hour.

The average pay for a Curator is $49,298 per year.

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$12.98
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$18.93
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$29.51
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MEDIAN $18.93
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$33k
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$78k
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MEDIAN $49,298
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MEDIAN: $49,298
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$0$78K
Salary $32,817 - $78,259
Bonus $87.50 - $13,500
Commission $50.87
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,361 - $76,802
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 262
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $12.98 - $29.51
Overtime $31.81
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $87.50 - $13,500
Commission $50.87
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,361 - $76,802
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Apr 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 66

Job Description for Curator

Curators are professionals who oversee and manage a collection of some kind, typically related to art or science. They are often employed by museums, galleries, and universities but may be employed by any organization that has a valuable collection requiring care by someone with expertise in a particular field. They are expected to have at least a basic knowledge of the collection, as well as the ability to determine the best way to care for the pieces in it.

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Curator Tasks
  • Oversee the operation of the museum and off-site area storage.
  • Build rapport with donors and potential donors, and negotiate to acquire specific collections or individual items.
  • Assist in developing programs and special events.
  • Assist in developing a long-term plan for rotating exhibits with the goal of reaching new and diverse audiences.
  • Coordinate with the collections committee to ensure additions follow the museum's collection philosophy.

Common Career Paths for Curator


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Curators who go on to become Museum Curators may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Museum Curator, an upper-level role, pays $42K.

Curator Job Listings

Pay by Experience Level for Curator

Pay by Experience for a Curator has a positive trend. An entry-level Curator with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Curator with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 38 salaries. An experienced Curator which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 54 salaries. A Curator with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

26%

National Average: $48,076

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Curators, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 53 percent greater than the national average. Curators will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+35 percent), New York (+31 percent), Newport News (+7 percent), and Washington (+6 percent).

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Key Stats for Curator

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
▲25%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
▼12%

Entry-Level
▼17%

Skills That Affect Curator Salaries

Project Management
▲30%

National Average
$48,000

Technical Writing
▼14%

Research Analysis
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 26%