Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

25-4013 Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.


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)
9,860 3.6 % $21.31 $44,330 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.27 $15.00 $19.24 $25.99 $34.59
Annual Wage (2) $23,440 $31,200 $40,020 $54,050 $71,950


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 4,550 3.26 $20.17 $41,950
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $25.93 $53,930
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 920 0.03 $20.91 $43,500
Local Government (OES Designation) 650 0.01 $17.42 $36,230
State Government (OES Designation) 600 0.03 $18.69 $38,870

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 4,550 3.26 $20.17 $41,950
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.64 $22.01 $45,790
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $25.93 $53,930
Other Information Services 80 0.05 $22.97 $47,780
State Government (OES Designation) 600 0.03 $18.69 $38,870

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services (8) (8) $34.35 $71,440
Performing Arts Companies (8) (8) $30.73 $63,930
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,000 0.10 $25.93 $53,930
Other Information Services 80 0.05 $22.97 $47,780
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.64 $22.01 $45,790


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)
California 1,150 0.08 1.05 $22.77 $47,370
New York 990 0.12 1.55 $27.47 $57,150
Illinois 770 0.14 1.82 $19.61 $40,780
Maryland 570 0.22 3.00 $28.11 $58,470
Missouri 490 0.19 2.51 $19.25 $40,040




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 450 0.67 9.06 $30.42 $63,270
Wyoming 150 0.55 7.42 $15.87 $33,010
Maryland 570 0.22 3.00 $28.11 $58,470
Delaware 80 0.20 2.74 $18.87 $39,260
Missouri 490 0.19 2.51 $19.25 $40,040




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 450 0.67 9.06 $30.42 $63,270
Maryland 570 0.22 3.00 $28.11 $58,470
New York 990 0.12 1.55 $27.47 $57,150
Connecticut 230 0.14 1.89 $25.11 $52,240
Alaska 50 0.15 2.05 $24.27 $50,480





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.38 5.06 $30.46 $63,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 0.14 1.91 $28.17 $58,590
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.16 2.22 $20.67 $42,990
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.11 1.46 $23.70 $49,300
St. Louis, MO-IL 410 0.31 4.24 $19.11 $39,740
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.33 4.47 $23.90 $49,710
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 1.75 $24.75 $51,470
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.11 1.51 $22.66 $47,130
Kansas City, MO-KS 180 0.18 2.39 $18.30 $38,060
Pittsburgh, PA 140 0.13 1.72 $15.46 $32,150




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 0.76 10.19 $15.79 $32,830
Gainesville, FL 80 0.64 8.64 $23.01 $47,850
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.38 5.06 $30.46 $63,360
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.33 4.47 $23.90 $49,710
Springfield, IL 30 0.32 4.30 $19.27 $40,080
St. Louis, MO-IL 410 0.31 4.24 $19.11 $39,740
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.23 3.10 $23.76 $49,420
Dayton, OH 70 0.19 2.49 $20.93 $43,520
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 130 0.18 2.40 $19.46 $40,470
Kansas City, MO-KS 180 0.18 2.39 $18.30 $38,060




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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.38 5.06 $30.46 $63,360
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 740 0.14 1.91 $28.17 $58,590
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 50 0.12 1.56 $27.94 $58,120
Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD Metropolitan Division 40 0.07 0.94 $25.69 $53,430
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 230 0.13 1.75 $24.75 $51,470
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 350 0.33 4.47 $23.90 $49,710
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA 40 0.23 3.10 $23.76 $49,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.11 1.46 $23.70 $49,300
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 40 0.02 0.20 $23.38 $48,620
Gainesville, FL 80 0.64 8.64 $23.01 $47,850

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)
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.99 13.38 $16.74 $34,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.80 $18.51 $38,500
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.10 1.37 $14.31 $29,770

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 40 0.99 13.38 $16.74 $34,810
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.80 $18.51 $38,500
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.10 1.37 $14.31 $29,770

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 0.21 2.80 $18.51 $38,500
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.99 13.38 $16.74 $34,810
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.10 1.37 $14.31 $29,770
South Florida nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $12.03 $25,030
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $11.97 $24,900


About May 2013 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.

(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 2013 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2013 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

Last Modified Date: April 1, 2014

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