Salary for Curators

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 can get an average salary between 40000 - 60000 depending on education and tenure levels. Curators will most likely receive an average compensation of Fifty One Thousand Nine Hundred dollars per annum.

Curators can expect the highest salaries in the District of Columbia, where they can earn wages of near $77410. People in this career group have the highest salaries in Finance and Insurance, where they can earn average wages of $66030.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 8.22 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Curators tend to make the most in the following industries
Information $66,030
Finance and Insurance $59,060
Educational Services $57,340
Public Administration $57,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises $56,430
Other Services (except Public Administration) $51,760
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Retail Trade $42,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation $50,260
Other Services (except Public Administration) $51,760
Management of Companies and Enterprises $56,430
Public Administration $57,020
Educational Services $57,340
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