Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

25-4010 Archivists, Curators, and Museum Technicians

This broad occupation includes the following three detailed occupations:

25-4011 Archivists
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participants in research activities based on archival materials.

25-4012 Curators
Administer affairs of museum and conduct research programs. Direct instructional, research, and public service activities of institution.

25-4013 Museum Technicians and Conservators
Prepare specimens, such as fossils, skeletal parts, lace, and textiles, for museum collection and exhibits. May restore documents or install, arrange, and exhibit materials.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
21,030 2.6 % $19.21 $39,960 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.74 $12.92 $17.14 $23.35 $31.95
Annual Wage (2) $20,250 $26,880 $35,660 $48,560 $66,460

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Museums, historical sites, zoos, and parks 8,580 $18.69 $38,870 1 11
Federal government (OES designation) 3,270 $20.86 $43,380 2 5
Colleges and universities 2,630 $22.32 $46,420 3 2
Local government (OES designation) 1,850 $18.43 $38,340 4 14
State government (OES designation) 1,580 $18.57 $38,620 5 12

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Amusement parks and arcades 40 $27.81 $57,840 20 1
Colleges and universities 2,630 $22.32 $46,420 3 2
Elementary and secondary schools 50 $21.59 $44,900 17 3
Scientific research and development services 280 $21.30 $44,300 8 4
Federal government (OES designation) 3,270 $20.86 $43,380 2 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 810 $26.63 $55,380 0.136% 145
Wyoming 120 $15.81 $32,890 0.050% 232
Alaska 120 $18.55 $38,570 0.041% 270
Vermont 110 $14.24 $29,630 0.038% 295
Missouri 980 $15.28 $31,780 0.037% 394

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 810 $26.63 $55,380 0.136% 145
California 2,170 $23.14 $48,130 0.015% 277
Arizona 680 $21.84 $45,430 0.030% 162
Maryland 870 $21.73 $45,200 0.036% 223
Minnesota 310 $21.21 $44,110 0.012% 254

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Santa Fe, NM MSA 70 $22.21 $46,200 0.095%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,650 $24.36 $50,660 0.061%
St. Louis, MO-IL MSA 700 $14.67 $30,520 0.055%
Columbia, SC MSA 150 $17.24 $35,860 0.052%
South Bend, IN MSA 60 $22.93 $47,690 0.048%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton, FL MSA 70 $26.59 $55,310 0.013%
Los Angeles-Long Beach, CA PMSA 820 $24.99 $51,980 0.020%
Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV PMSA 1,650 $24.36 $50,660 0.061%
San Diego, CA MSA 150 $24.25 $50,440 0.012%
San Jose, CA PMSA 60 $24.11 $50,140 0.007%

About May 2003 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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