Curator Salary

Average Curators in the United States make around $49K per year. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Curators making up 78 percent. For the most part, Curators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by more than half and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,155 - $77,495
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$49K
$77K
MEDIAN: $48,971
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$11.99 - $30.64
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$0$77K
Salary $33,155 - $77,495
Bonus $101 - $10,101
Commission $75.00
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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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$30,161 - $77,042
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 140
Hourly Data $0$31
Hourly Rate $11.99 - $30.64
Overtime $31.81
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $101 - $10,101
Commission $75.00
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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$30,161 - $77,042
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 18 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 36

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

National Average: $47,124

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
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Curator Salaries

Late-Career
▲28%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$47,000

Mid-Career
▼10%

Entry-Level
▼15%

Skills That Affect Curator Salaries

Project Management
▲32%

National Average
$47,000

Technical Writing
▼12%

Research Analysis
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 27%