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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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 Museum Technicians and Conservators
Industry profile for Museum Technicians and Conservators
Geographic profile for Museum Technicians and Conservators

National estimates for Museum Technicians and Conservators: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,930 3.9 % $ 24.04 $ 49,990 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 13.33 $ 16.78 $ 21.98 $ 29.25 $ 38.26
Annual Wage (2) $ 27,730 $ 34,910 $ 45,710 $ 60,830 $ 79,590


Industry profile for Museum Technicians and Conservators: Top

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,770 4.00 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,040 0.10 $ 29.00 $ 60,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,520 0.05 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,050 0.02 $ 20.20 $ 42,010
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 570 0.03 $ 21.29 $ 44,280

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,770 4.00 $ 23.07 $ 47,990
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.67 $ 24.41 $ 50,770
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,040 0.10 $ 29.00 $ 60,310
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,520 0.05 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Other Information Services 130 0.04 $ 28.32 $ 58,910

Top paying industries for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 2,040 0.10 $ 29.00 $ 60,310
Other Information Services 130 0.04 $ 28.32 $ 58,910
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 30 0.01 $ 26.90 $ 55,950
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,520 0.05 $ 25.08 $ 52,160
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 320 0.67 $ 24.41 $ 50,770


Geographic profile for Museum Technicians and Conservators: Top

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





States with the highest employment level in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 2,010 0.12 1.42 $ 25.06 $ 52,130
New York 1,090 0.13 1.46 $ 29.92 $ 62,230
Missouri 840 0.31 3.62 $ 21.27 $ 44,230
Illinois 640 0.11 1.33 $ 23.80 $ 49,510
Pennsylvania 570 0.10 1.20 $ 23.72 $ 49,350




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.61 7.10 $ 35.51 $ 73,860
Rhode Island 150 0.34 3.93 $ 23.23 $ 48,320
Missouri 840 0.31 3.62 $ 21.27 $ 44,230
Wyoming 60 0.24 2.77 $ 18.78 $ 39,050
Alaska 50 0.18 2.11 $ 22.92 $ 47,670




Top paying states for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 420 0.61 7.10 $ 35.51 $ 73,860
Maryland 430 0.17 1.99 $ 34.10 $ 70,930
New York 1,090 0.13 1.46 $ 29.92 $ 62,230
Connecticut 220 0.14 1.65 $ 29.70 $ 61,770
Massachusetts 410 0.12 1.42 $ 29.48 $ 61,320





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

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 890 0.10 1.18 $ 31.73 $ 66,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 870 0.29 3.37 $ 35.52 $ 73,890
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 810 0.14 1.63 $ 23.69 $ 49,270
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.56 6.58 $ 20.61 $ 42,860
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 590 0.25 2.94 $ 29.14 $ 60,610
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 490 0.11 1.31 $ 25.55 $ 53,150
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 340 0.13 1.47 $ 25.35 $ 52,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 1.46 $ 31.12 $ 64,740
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 220 0.06 0.72 $ 24.78 $ 51,550
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.27 3.16 $ 22.46 $ 46,720




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.57 6.64 $ 22.24 $ 46,260
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.56 6.58 $ 20.61 $ 42,860
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 870 0.29 3.37 $ 35.52 $ 73,890
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 150 0.29 3.36 $ 23.11 $ 48,060
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.27 3.16 $ 22.46 $ 46,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 590 0.25 2.94 $ 29.14 $ 60,610
Santa Rosa, CA 40 0.22 2.53 $ 21.43 $ 44,580
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.22 2.52 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Dayton, OH 80 0.21 2.48 $ 25.03 $ 52,060
Oklahoma City, OK 100 0.16 1.82 $ 17.68 $ 36,760




Top paying metropolitan areas for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

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 870 0.29 3.37 $ 35.52 $ 73,890
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 1.06 $ 33.10 $ 68,850
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 890 0.10 1.18 $ 31.73 $ 66,010
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 330 0.13 1.46 $ 31.12 $ 64,740
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 590 0.25 2.94 $ 29.14 $ 60,610
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.22 2.52 $ 28.54 $ 59,370
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 50 0.05 0.62 $ 26.88 $ 55,910
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.10 1.17 $ 26.53 $ 55,180
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 100 0.07 0.78 $ 26.36 $ 54,820
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 60 0.05 0.55 $ 26.16 $ 54,410

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.13 1.51 $ 17.28 $ 35,940
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.80 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.94 $ 22.75 $ 47,330

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.80 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.94 $ 22.75 $ 47,330
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.13 1.51 $ 17.28 $ 35,940

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Museum Technicians and Conservators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.37 $ 48,610
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $ 23.00 $ 47,840
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.94 $ 22.75 $ 47,330
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.80 $ 19.04 $ 39,600
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 50 0.13 1.51 $ 17.28 $ 35,940


About May 2020 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2020 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2020 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2021