2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries
Curators administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.
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- Average salary
- Starting salary
- Salary rank
- Salary range
- Highest paying states
- Highest paying industries
Entry-level Curators with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $33,370 to $43,420 per year or $16 to $21 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.
We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Curators 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.
|Highest (Top 10%)||$47||$96,820|
|Senior (Top 25%)||$37||$76,330|
|Middle (Mid 50%)||$27||$56,990|
|Junior (Bottom 25%)||$21||$43,420|
|No experience (Bottom 10%)||$16||$33,370|
Highest paying states
Another simple way to increase your salary as a Curator 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 Curators are in the states of DC, CA, AK, NY and CT.
Highest paying industries
|Salary by industry||Annual||Hourly|
|Federal Executive Branch||$88090||$42.35|
|Grantmaking and Giving Services||$81310||$39.09|
|Social Advocacy Organizations||$79370||$38.16|
|Other Information Services||$77650||$37.33|
|Amusement Parks and Arcades||$69850||$33.58|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises||$67090||$32.25|
|Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools||$65310||$31.40|
|Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions||$58840||$28.29|
|Civic and Social Organizations||$54990||$26.44|
|Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events||$54880||$26.39|
|Other Schools and Instruction||$47540||$22.86|