Salary for Archivists

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Also known as:  Archivist, Digital Archivist, Film Archivist, Historical Records Administrator, Image Archivist, Museum Archivist, Processing Archivist, Reference Archivist, State Archivist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Archivists locate, authenticate, prepare, preserve and provide references for archival materials and historical documents.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.

A Archivist can earn average salaries in a range of $33,180 to $98,990 based on experience and talent. get average salaries of sixty-one thousand two hundred and ten dollars per year.

receive the highest salary in District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of close to about $88,710. People working these jobs make the most money in Retail Trade, where they receive average wages of $69,890.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 48.93 percent nationwide in that time.


Archivists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Retail Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Health Care and Social Assistance
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services