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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Curators
Industry profile for Curators
Geographic profile for Curators

National estimates for Curators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Curators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,030 2.1 % $ 30.71 $ 63,880 1.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Curators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.31 $ 22.40 $ 28.90 $ 36.98 $ 47.35
Annual Wage (2) $ 35,990 $ 46,590 $ 60,110 $ 76,920 $ 98,490


Industry profile for Curators:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,890 4.46 $ 29.28 $ 60,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,480 0.05 $ 31.90 $ 66,350
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,260 0.02 $ 27.84 $ 57,910
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 830 0.04 $ 27.15 $ 56,460
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 350 0.02 $ 42.65 $ 88,710

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,890 4.46 $ 29.28 $ 60,900
Grantmaking and Giving Services 100 0.07 $ 48.16 $ 100,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,480 0.05 $ 31.90 $ 66,350
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.05 $ 30.05 $ 62,500
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 830 0.04 $ 27.15 $ 56,460

Top paying industries for Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grantmaking and Giving Services 100 0.07 $ 48.16 $ 100,160
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 350 0.02 $ 42.65 $ 88,710
Employment Services 50 (7) $ 38.82 $ 80,740
Civic and Social Organizations 60 0.02 $ 35.12 $ 73,060
Other Information Services 90 0.02 $ 34.89 $ 72,580


Geographic profile for Curators:

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



Map of employment of curators by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Curators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,360 0.16 2.01 $ 42.74 $ 88,910
California 990 0.06 0.77 $ 38.79 $ 80,680
Texas 570 0.05 0.60 $ 26.73 $ 55,590
Illinois 560 0.10 1.28 $ 29.29 $ 60,910
North Carolina 530 0.12 1.52 $ 26.00 $ 54,070


Map of location quotient of curators by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 80 0.31 3.99 $ 25.02 $ 52,040
District of Columbia 190 0.28 3.63 $ 39.44 $ 82,030
Montana 100 0.22 2.84 $ 21.77 $ 45,290
Vermont 60 0.21 2.73 $ 18.38 $ 38,240
South Dakota 80 0.20 2.56 $ 26.09 $ 54,270


Map of annual mean wages of curators by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Curators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 1,360 0.16 2.01 $ 42.74 $ 88,910
District of Columbia 190 0.28 3.63 $ 39.44 $ 82,030
California 990 0.06 0.77 $ 38.79 $ 80,680
Hawaii 40 0.06 0.83 $ 35.86 $ 74,580
Alaska 60 0.20 2.52 $ 35.04 $ 72,870



Map of employment of curators by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Curators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,060 0.12 1.56 $ 46.63 $ 96,990
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 500 0.12 1.50 $ 29.68 $ 61,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 320 0.14 1.84 $ 45.20 $ 94,020
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.67 $ 37.06 $ 77,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 1.27 $ 38.08 $ 79,200
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 260 0.10 1.29 $ 34.31 $ 71,360
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 230 0.09 1.12 $ 33.89 $ 70,490
Raleigh, NC 160 0.25 3.14 $ 27.02 $ 56,210
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 150 0.06 0.76 $ 26.75 $ 55,640
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 150 0.06 0.79 $ 26.32 $ 54,750


Map of location quotient of curators by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wilmington, NC 30 0.26 3.26 $ 23.38 $ 48,630
Raleigh, NC 160 0.25 3.14 $ 27.02 $ 56,210
Boulder, CO 40 0.24 3.07 (8) (8)
Tucson, AZ 80 0.21 2.65 $ 23.39 $ 48,640
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 2.62 $ 32.84 $ 68,310
Montgomery, AL 30 0.20 2.61 $ 21.55 $ 44,830
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.18 2.34 $ 34.46 $ 71,680
New Haven, CT 50 0.18 2.26 $ 33.00 $ 68,650
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.17 2.19 $ 27.94 $ 58,120
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 30 0.16 2.04 $ 31.29 $ 65,090


Map of annual mean wages of curators by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Curators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,060 0.12 1.56 $ 46.63 $ 96,990
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 320 0.14 1.84 $ 45.20 $ 94,020
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 40 0.04 0.45 $ 41.67 $ 86,680
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.10 1.27 $ 38.08 $ 79,200
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 70 0.05 0.66 $ 37.83 $ 78,680
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 300 0.05 0.67 $ 37.06 $ 77,090
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 100 0.06 0.73 $ 36.16 $ 75,210
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 30 0.08 1.03 $ 36.12 $ 75,130
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 1.10 $ 36.01 $ 74,900
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 50 0.03 0.40 $ 34.80 $ 72,370

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Curators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 0.81 10.37 $ 32.96 $ 68,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 3.06 $ 28.84 $ 59,980
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 5.66 $ 35.44 $ 73,720
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.18 2.24 $ 22.09 $ 45,950
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.51 $ 27.90 $ 58,030

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 0.81 10.37 $ 32.96 $ 68,550
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 7.31 $ 25.39 $ 52,800
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.46 5.82 $ 22.42 $ 46,630
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 5.66 $ 35.44 $ 73,720
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.38 4.85 $ 22.89 $ 47,610

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Curators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.44 5.66 $ 35.44 $ 73,720
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 50 0.81 10.37 $ 32.96 $ 68,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 3.06 $ 28.84 $ 59,980
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 3.51 $ 27.90 $ 58,030
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.57 7.31 $ 25.39 $ 52,800


About May 2021 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.

(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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022