Salary for Historians

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Also known as:  Genealogist, Historiographer, Protohistorian

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Historians record representations of the past as informed by research, analysis and intepretation of historical documents, including newspapers, government texts, personal correspondence, and other manuscripts and texts. They evaluate the authenticity of sources based on knowledge of the time period in question, and comparison with other surviving materials. These professionals may use their work to argue for the preservation of specific sites with historical significance, and/or present public lectures or exhibits for the general public. They may also evaluate the work of other historians for accuracy. A significant number of historians have obtained graduate education.

A Historian gets an average compensation that can range from $29,540 and $116,340 depending on tenure and industry expertise. get an average compensation of sixty-eight thousand four hundred dollars per year.

have the best average pay in Alaska, where they get an average salary rate of near $101,900. People with this job title are paid most highly in Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services, which has job pay of $72,990.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 37.24 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Historians tend to make the most in the following industries:

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,990
Public Administration
$69,250
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,580
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$56,320
Educational Services
$54,260

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$54,260
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$56,320
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$61,580
Public Administration
$69,250
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$72,990