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

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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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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
$61650 per year
Hourly wage
$30 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$33,370 to $43,420 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$16 to $21 per hour

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.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

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.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
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

State Hourly Annual
DC $40 $83,190
CA $36 $74,970
AK $36 $73,830
NY $35 $72,560
CT $33 $69,300
MA $32 $66,830
WA $32 $65,620
VA $32 $65,540
CO $31 $63,710
PA $31 $63,590

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
Employment Services $71120 $34.19
Amusement Parks and Arcades $69850 $33.58
Junior Colleges $67590 $32.50
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
Local Government $58420 $28.09
State Government $55830 $26.84
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

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