Salary for Curators

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Also known as:  Collections and Archives Director, Collections Curator, Curator, Educational Institution Curator, Exhibitions and Collections Manager, Herbarium Curator, Museum Curator, Photography and Prints Curator

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The purpose of a curator is to plan and organize exhibits, collections, and displays, negotiate the price and purchase of collections, acquire, catalog and store collections, and to maintain the cataloging system for exhibits and collections. They may work in museums, galleries, and other public institutions. In some instances, they may be expected to design promotional materials and/or give tours or host programs related to exhibits or collections. A college education is required for this occupation, and a significant minority of curators hold doctoral degrees.

A Curator will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $33,370 to $96,820 depending on experience. can get an average wage of sixty-one thousand six hundred and fifty dollars yearly.

can obtain the highest salaries in District of Columbia, which has average pay levels of about $83,190. People working these jobs can make the highest salaries in Information, where they can earn job pay of $77,200.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 28.78 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Curators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Information
$77,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$75,370
Health Care and Social Assistance
$68,870
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$67,090
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$65,230
Educational Services
$64,790

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
$41,920
Retail Trade
$51,390
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$58,810
Public Administration
$61,580
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
$63,100
Educational Services
$64,790