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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


Curators tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Wholesale Trade
Retail Trade
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Public Administration
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Educational Services
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