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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
12,890 2.9 % $28.43 $59,130 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.78 $19.70 $26.24 $35.27 $45.55
Annual Wage (2) $30,740 $40,980 $54,570 $73,370 $94,750


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 6,990 4.09 $27.24 $56,670
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,720 0.06 $30.91 $64,290
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,380 0.02 $27.53 $57,260
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 860 0.04 $26.58 $55,290
Other Information Services 430 0.13 $35.32 $73,470

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 6,990 4.09 $27.24 $56,670
Other Information Services 430 0.13 $35.32 $73,470
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 90 0.06 $26.48 $55,070
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,720 0.06 $30.91 $64,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 860 0.04 $26.58 $55,290

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 340 0.02 $40.53 $84,300
Grantmaking and Giving Services 40 0.03 $36.36 $75,630
Other Information Services 430 0.13 $35.32 $73,470
Employment Services 60 (7) $33.22 $69,110
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $32.07 $66,710


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 1,580 0.17 1.89 $34.82 $72,420
California 1,320 0.08 0.87 $33.52 $69,720
Florida 770 0.09 1.00 $23.35 $48,560
Pennsylvania 670 0.11 1.29 $26.00 $54,090
Texas 610 0.05 0.56 $27.71 $57,630




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 90 0.32 3.64 $23.30 $48,470
District of Columbia 160 0.23 2.58 $38.83 $80,760
Montana 100 0.21 2.38 $19.81 $41,210
Vermont 60 0.19 2.15 $25.02 $52,040
New York 1,580 0.17 1.89 $34.82 $72,420




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 160 0.23 2.58 $38.83 $80,760
New York 1,580 0.17 1.89 $34.82 $72,420
California 1,320 0.08 0.87 $33.52 $69,720
Massachusetts 560 0.15 1.76 $32.69 $67,990
Alaska 50 0.16 1.81 $32.30 $67,190





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,390 0.14 1.64 $35.89 $74,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 560 0.09 1.01 $33.20 $69,050
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.14 1.61 $34.50 $71,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 360 0.12 1.42 $29.55 $61,470
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 340 0.07 0.83 $28.13 $58,520
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 340 0.13 1.45 $23.20 $48,250
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 300 0.09 1.08 $35.43 $73,700
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.12 1.36 $39.25 $81,640
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 200 0.07 0.82 $24.25 $50,440
St. Louis, MO-IL 170 0.12 1.42 $28.10 $58,450




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)
Gainesville, FL 60 0.45 5.09 (8) (8)
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 2.93 $36.36 $75,630
Raleigh, NC 170 0.26 2.92 $25.20 $52,410
Ann Arbor, MI 50 0.22 2.47 $39.56 $82,280
Tucson, AZ 80 0.20 2.28 $25.41 $52,850
Boulder, CO 40 0.20 2.26 (8) (8)
Fort Wayne, IN 40 0.19 2.20 $16.78 $34,910
Savannah, GA 30 0.18 2.05 (8) (8)
Madison, WI 70 0.18 2.04 $25.83 $53,720
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.18 2.04 $36.63 $76,200




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)
Ann Arbor, MI 50 0.22 2.47 $39.56 $82,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 290 0.12 1.36 $39.25 $81,640
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.18 2.04 $36.63 $76,200
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 2.93 $36.36 $75,630
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 140 0.07 0.79 $36.20 $75,300
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,390 0.14 1.64 $35.89 $74,650
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 300 0.09 1.08 $35.43 $73,700
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 400 0.14 1.61 $34.50 $71,770
Austin-Round Rock, TX 60 0.06 0.63 $34.14 $71,010
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 0.89 $33.30 $69,260

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)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.06 12.06 $29.93 $62,240
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 1.74 $22.63 $47,070
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.87 $19.14 $39,810
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.58 $22.98 $47,800
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.15 1.76 $20.53 $42,700

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)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.06 12.06 $29.93 $62,240
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.36 4.07 $20.75 $43,160
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.72 $25.58 $53,200
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.20 $32.81 $68,240
Northwest Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.25 2.87 $19.14 $39,810

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)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.28 3.20 $32.81 $68,240
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.06 12.06 $29.93 $62,240
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.92 $29.06 $60,450
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.10 $58,450
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.33 3.72 $25.58 $53,200


About May 2019 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2019 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2019 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2020