Salary for Archivists

Also known as:  Archivist, Digital Archivist, Film Archivist, Historical Records Administrator, Image Archivist, Museum Archivist, Processing Archivist, Reference Archivist, State Archivist

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Archivists locate, authenticate, prepare, preserve and provide references for archival materials and historical documents. These professionals conduct research using these documents, develop and maintain storage systems for archival documents, create accessible, retrievable computer databases of archival materials, determine public access to original documents, and copy records to alternate formats for preservation purposes. Individuals employed as archivists may also authenticate and appraise archival documents in private or public collections. A Master's degree is generally required for entry into this field.

An Archivist gets a pay level of around 32000 and 48000 based on tenure level. Archivists will normally get an average salary of Forty Six Thousand Six Hundred dollars annually.

Archivists have the highest salaries in the District of Columbia, where they can get average compensation of close to $74320. Professionals that work in this career are paid most highly in Finance and Insurance, where they can get average pay levels of $57900.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 17.36 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Archivists tend to make the most in the following industries
Manufacturing $57,900
Finance and Insurance $56,240
Public Administration $55,670
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $52,340
Information $49,110
Educational Services $48,560
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $40,770
Health Care and Social Assistance $42,130
Other Services (except Public Administration) $47,830
Management of Companies and Enterprises $48,500
Educational Services $48,560
Information $49,110
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