Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
11,870 2.6 % $27.40 $56,990 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.67 $18.14 $24.77 $33.84 $44.09
Annual Wage (2) $28,440 $37,740 $51,520 $70,390 $91,710


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 6,500 4.29 $26.25 $54,600
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,880 0.06 $28.78 $59,870
Local Government (OES Designation) 1,010 0.02 $26.58 $55,280
State Government (OES Designation) 900 0.04 $26.65 $55,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $38.82 $80,740

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 6,500 4.29 $26.25 $54,600
Other Information Services 180 0.08 $34.95 $72,700
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,880 0.06 $28.78 $59,870
State Government (OES Designation) 900 0.04 $26.65 $55,440
Civic and Social Organizations 110 0.03 $29.40 $61,160

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Financial Investment Activities (8) (8) $39.73 $82,640
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 350 0.02 $38.82 $80,740
Other Information Services 180 0.08 $34.95 $72,700
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $30.71 $63,870
Civic and Social Organizations 110 0.03 $29.40 $61,160


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 1,480 0.16 1.91 $34.85 $72,480
California 1,050 0.07 0.79 $35.51 $73,870
Ohio 600 0.11 1.31 $24.50 $50,960
Pennsylvania 560 0.10 1.14 $24.30 $50,550
Massachusetts 530 0.15 1.80 $27.37 $56,930




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)
Wyoming 170 0.60 6.94 $20.81 $43,280
South Dakota 110 0.28 3.20 $21.85 $45,450
District of Columbia 140 0.21 2.46 $42.89 $89,210
New Hampshire 130 0.20 2.30 $19.66 $40,890
New Mexico 160 0.19 2.26 $25.54 $53,130




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 140 0.21 2.46 $42.89 $89,210
California 1,050 0.07 0.79 $35.51 $73,870
New York 1,480 0.16 1.91 $34.85 $72,480
Illinois 500 0.09 0.99 $31.24 $64,990
Connecticut 180 0.11 1.27 $30.69 $63,840





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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.16 1.91 $38.47 $80,020
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 380 0.21 2.48 $27.87 $57,960
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.08 0.98 $35.61 $74,070
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 330 0.09 1.07 $29.15 $60,630
Columbus, OH 300 0.30 3.50 $21.43 $44,580
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 1.33 $38.78 $80,670
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.23 2.70 $50.15 $104,320
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 180 0.20 2.33 $29.12 $60,570
Raleigh, NC 160 0.28 3.27 $20.51 $42,660
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 150 0.11 1.29 $28.35 $58,970




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 0.73 8.43 $25.75 $53,560
Manchester, NH 30 0.32 3.72 $23.91 $49,720
Springfield, IL 30 0.32 3.74 (8) (8)
Columbus, OH 300 0.30 3.50 $21.43 $44,580
Boulder, CO 50 0.30 3.53 $16.07 $33,420
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.28 3.25 $31.89 $66,320
Raleigh, NC 160 0.28 3.27 $20.51 $42,660
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 2.81 $25.36 $52,750
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 140 0.24 2.82 $19.33 $40,200
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.23 2.70 $50.15 $104,320




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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 240 0.23 2.70 $50.15 $104,320
New Haven, CT 40 0.15 1.73 $40.71 $84,670
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 280 0.11 1.33 $38.78 $80,670
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,070 0.16 1.91 $38.47 $80,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.08 0.98 $35.61 $74,070
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 60 0.06 0.69 $33.97 $70,650
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 80 0.08 0.89 $33.14 $68,930
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.17 2.03 $32.88 $68,400
Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI 40 0.28 3.25 $31.89 $66,320
Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, NV 60 0.06 0.74 $31.75 $66,030

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)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.87 $20.29 $42,210
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 7.67 $25.50 $53,040
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.93 10.84 $20.53 $42,690
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 4.20 (8) (8)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.09 $26.88 $55,920

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)
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.93 10.84 $20.53 $42,690
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 7.67 $25.50 $53,040
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 5.16 $29.35 $61,040
Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 4.20 (8) (8)
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.25 2.87 $20.29 $42,210

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)
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 30 0.44 5.16 $29.35 $61,040
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.18 2.09 $26.88 $55,920
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $26.38 $54,870
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.66 7.67 $25.50 $53,040
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $23.00 $47,840


About May 2015 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 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016