Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions: NAICS 712

About the Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions subsector

The museums, historical sites, and similar institutions subsector is part of the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.

Industries in the Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions subsector engage in the preservation and exhibition of objects, sites, and natural wonders of historical, cultural, and/or educational value.

North American Industry Classification System

The museums, historical sites, and similar institutions subsector consists of a single industry group, Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions: NAICS 7121.

Workforce Statistics

This section provides information relating to employment in museums, historical sites, and similar institutions. These data are obtained from employer or establishment surveys. The following tables present an overview of the industry including the number of jobs, data for occupations common to the industry, and projections of occupational employment change.

Employment

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2014
Sep.
2014
Oct.
2014
Nov.
2014

Employment (in thousands)

 

Employment, all employees (seasonally adjusted)

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141.3 141.2 (P) 141.6 (P) 141.7

Employment, production and nonsupervisory employees

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120.9 112.3 (P) 111.8  

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Employment by Occupation

Data series Employment,
2013

Curators

5,950

Museum technicians and conservators

4,550

Nonfarm animal caretakers

4,810

Public relations specialists

1,680

Tour guides and escorts

 

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Projections

For projected (future) employment estimates, see the National Employment Matrix, which includes employment estimates by industry and occupation for museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.

(Source: Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections)

Earnings and Hours

This section presents data on employee earnings and weekly hours. The latest industry averages of hourly earnings and weekly hours are shown. In addition, recent hourly and annual earnings are shown for occupations commonly found in museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.

Earnings and Hours of All Employees

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Average hourly earnings

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$21.19 $21.43 $22.56 (P) $22.37

Average weekly hours

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29.6 29.6 28.9 (P) 29.0

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings and Hours of Production and Nonsupervisory Employees

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2014
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2014

Average hourly earnings

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$15.96 $16.23 $17.16 (P) $16.92

Average weekly hours

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26.6 26.8 26.0 (P) 25.9

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(P) Preliminary

(Source: Current Employment Statistics)

Earnings by Occupation

Data series Wages, 2013
Hourly Annual
Median Mean Median Mean

Curators

$23.04 $25.92 $47,920 $53,910

Museum technicians and conservators

$18.10 $20.17 $37,640 $41,950

Nonfarm animal caretakers

$12.00 $13.32 $24,970 $27,710

Public relations specialists

$22.07 $24.16 $45,900 $50,260

Tour guides and escorts

       

(Source: Occupational Employment Statistics)

Work-related Fatalities, Injuries, and Illnesses

This section presents data for the industry on the number of workplace fatalities and the rates of workplace injuries and illnesses per 100 full-time workers in museums, historical sites, and similar institutions. An injury or illness is considered to be work-related if an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.

Data series 2010 2011 2012 2013

Fatalities

 

Number of fatalities

15 7 12 (P) 13

Rate of injury and illness cases per 100 full-time workers

 

Total recordable cases

4.7 4.8 4.8 4.4

Cases involving days away from work, job restriction, or transfer

2.4 2.3 2.1 2.1

Cases involving days away from work

1.4 1.5 1.3 1.4

Cases involving days of job transfer or restriction

1.0 0.8 0.8 0.7

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

Blank cells indicate no data reported or data that do not meet publication criteria.

(Source: Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities)

Workplace Trends

This section presents data on the number of establishments in museums, historical sites, and similar institutions.

Establishments

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2013
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2013
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2014
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2014

Number of establishments

 

Private industry

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6,071 6,080 (P) 6,135 (P) 6,155

Local government

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710 712 (P) 719 (P) 719

State government

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831 829 (P) 1,013 (P) 1,046

Federal government

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557 556 (P) 570 (P) 580

Footnotes
(P) Preliminary

(Source: Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages)

Other BLS Resources

Career Guide to Industries

To learn about careers from an industry perspective, see the Career Guide to Industries.

 

Data extracted on: December 19, 2014