How Much Do Archivists Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Archivists appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$61210 per year
Hourly wage
$29 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,180 to $42,840 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $21 per hour

Entry-level Archivists with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,180 to $42,840 per year or $16 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Archivists to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $48 $98,990
Senior (Top 25%) $36 $75,070
Middle (Mid 50%) $27 $56,760
Junior (Bottom 25%) $21 $42,840
No experience (Bottom 10%) $16 $33,180

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $43 $88,710
MA $35 $73,420
CA $35 $72,200
MD $34 $71,590
AK $34 $70,170
CT $33 $68,880
WA $32 $67,520
IL $32 $67,160
TX $32 $66,800
NY $32 $66,530

Another simple way to increase your salary as an Archivist is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Archivists are in the states of DC, MA, CA, MD and AK.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $95490 $45.91
Radio and Television Broadcasting $73530 $35.35
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $70590 $33.94
Management of Companies and Enterprises $69790 $33.55
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers $68000 $32.69
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers $66800 $32.12
Scientific Research and Development Services $66740 $32.08
Grantmaking and Giving Services $63780 $30.66
Religious Organizations $63490 $30.52
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $62860 $30.22
Elementary and Secondary Schools $61590 $29.61
Legal Services $60680 $29.17
Local Government $59760 $28.73
Other Information Services $58940 $28.34
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $58750 $28.24
Employment Services $58540 $28.15
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $54360 $26.14
State Government $53030 $25.49
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $51430 $24.73
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions $49740 $23.91
Civic and Social Organizations $43710 $21.02
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