Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2012

25-4012 Curators

Administer collections, such as artwork, collectibles, historic items, or scientific specimens of museums or other institutions. May conduct instructional, research, or public service activities of institution.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

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)
10,370 2.2 % $26.25 $54,600 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.34 $17.77 $23.84 $32.68 $42.40
Annual Wage (2) $27,740 $36,960 $49,590 $67,970 $88,200


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,660 4.17 $25.39 $52,810
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,670 0.06 $27.71 $57,650
Local Government (OES Designation) 900 0.02 $24.25 $50,440
State Government (OES Designation) 680 0.03 $24.58 $51,120
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $37.61 $78,230

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,660 4.17 $25.39 $52,810
Other Information Services 150 0.09 $33.21 $69,070
Grantmaking and Giving Services 110 0.08 $46.06 $95,810
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 230 0.08 $18.97 $39,450
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,670 0.06 $27.71 $57,650

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 110 0.08 $46.06 $95,810
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $37.61 $78,230
Other Information Services 150 0.09 $33.21 $69,070
Scientific Research and Development Services 50 0.01 $32.03 $66,610
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 (7) $29.28 $60,890


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,130 0.13 1.66 $33.24 $69,140
California 850 0.06 0.75 $31.18 $64,850
Massachusetts 560 0.17 2.19 $29.58 $61,520
Illinois 460 0.08 1.03 $20.50 $42,640
Texas 450 0.04 0.53 $23.79 $49,470




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 250 0.38 4.81 $30.59 $63,620
Wyoming 70 0.25 3.11 $23.76 $49,410
Rhode Island 110 0.25 3.08 $27.67 $57,550
Montana 100 0.24 3.03 $15.84 $32,940
South Dakota 90 0.22 2.81 $20.88 $43,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 170 0.10 1.29 $33.59 $69,860
New York 1,130 0.13 1.66 $33.24 $69,140
California 850 0.06 0.75 $31.18 $64,850
New Jersey 170 0.04 0.55 $30.88 $64,220
District of Columbia 250 0.38 4.81 $30.59 $63,620





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 0.15 1.86 $38.46 $79,990
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.26 3.27 $30.94 $64,340
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 390 0.11 1.35 $20.74 $43,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 1.09 $33.27 $69,200
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 330 0.14 1.75 $30.49 $63,420
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.08 0.97 $24.13 $50,190
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.24 2.97 $26.68 $55,500
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.58 $34.27 $71,290
Baltimore-Towson, MD 120 0.09 1.19 $27.71 $57,650
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.06 0.81 $32.57 $67,740




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Fe, NM 40 0.60 7.58 $24.96 $51,920
Boulder, CO 50 0.33 4.11 $20.92 $43,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 450 0.26 3.27 $30.94 $64,340
Providence-Fall River-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.24 2.97 $26.68 $55,500
Tucson, AZ 80 0.22 2.77 $21.60 $44,930
Raleigh-Cary, NC 110 0.22 2.70 $22.08 $45,930
Provo-Orem, UT 40 0.22 2.77 $32.12 $66,810
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 110 0.21 2.62 $23.91 $49,730
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.21 2.64 $31.62 $65,770
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.21 2.60 $30.36 $63,140




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New Haven, CT 50 0.18 2.31 $39.91 $83,020
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 760 0.15 1.86 $38.46 $79,990
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 130 0.13 1.58 $34.27 $71,290
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 30 0.03 0.42 $33.91 $70,540
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.09 1.09 $33.27 $69,200
Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT 40 0.08 1.01 $33.15 $68,950
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 90 0.07 0.87 $32.63 $67,870
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 120 0.06 0.81 $32.57 $67,740
Provo-Orem, UT 40 0.22 2.77 $32.12 $66,810
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.21 2.64 $31.62 $65,770

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.87 $23.26 $48,390
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.33 $20.59 $42,840
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.34 $20.32 $42,270
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 4.26 $14.80 $30,780
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.57 $19.55 $40,660

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.77 9.73 $22.47 $46,730
Southwestern Montana nonmetropolitan area 40 0.34 4.26 $14.80 $30,780
Eastern South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.57 $19.55 $40,660
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.33 $20.59 $42,840
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.87 $23.26 $48,390

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.87 $23.26 $48,390
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.77 9.73 $22.47 $46,730
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $21.50 $44,730
West Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 3.33 $20.59 $42,840
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.34 $20.32 $42,270


About May 2012 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. 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.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2012 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2012 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2013

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