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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

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)
12,280 3.4 % $28.12 $58,490 1.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $13.95 $19.03 $25.86 $35.02 $45.35
Annual Wage (2) $29,010 $39,580 $53,780 $72,830 $94,330


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 6,740 4.03 $27.35 $56,890
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,630 0.05 $30.54 $63,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,200 0.02 $27.32 $56,820
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 940 0.04 $24.38 $50,720
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $40.94 $85,150

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 6,740 4.03 $27.35 $56,890
Other Information Services 270 0.09 $36.87 $76,690
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 80 0.05 $22.07 $45,920
Performing Arts Companies 60 0.05 $21.89 $45,540
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,630 0.05 $30.54 $63,520

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) 360 0.02 $40.94 $85,150
Other Information Services 270 0.09 $36.87 $76,690
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,630 0.05 $30.54 $63,520
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $28.66 $59,620
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 6,740 4.03 $27.35 $56,890


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 1,570 0.17 1.97 $35.51 $73,850
California 1,140 0.07 0.79 $32.53 $67,650
Texas 680 0.06 0.66 $27.48 $57,150
Florida 680 0.08 0.92 $22.39 $46,570
Pennsylvania 670 0.11 1.35 $25.88 $53,840




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 100 0.38 4.45 $21.52 $44,750
District of Columbia 180 0.25 2.96 $41.38 $86,080
Alaska 60 0.19 2.25 $31.76 $66,070
Montana 80 0.18 2.10 $20.53 $42,700
New York 1,570 0.17 1.97 $35.51 $73,850




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 180 0.25 2.96 $41.38 $86,080
New Jersey 120 0.03 0.34 $36.42 $75,750
New York 1,570 0.17 1.97 $35.51 $73,850
Massachusetts 520 0.15 1.72 $32.81 $68,240
California 1,140 0.07 0.79 $32.53 $67,650





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 1,330 0.14 1.64 $37.50 $78,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 520 0.09 1.00 $33.17 $68,990
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 390 0.14 1.67 $33.55 $69,770
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 350 0.12 1.44 $28.69 $59,670
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 310 0.07 0.79 $26.69 $55,520
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 290 0.09 1.10 $39.24 $81,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.10 1.21 $37.44 $77,880
Raleigh, NC 200 0.32 3.77 $22.20 $46,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 170 0.06 0.67 $26.80 $55,730
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 160 0.04 0.52 $31.23 $64,950




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)
Raleigh, NC 200 0.32 3.77 $22.20 $46,170
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 3.01 $36.72 $76,380
Fargo, ND-MN 40 0.26 3.04 $23.07 $47,980
Wilmington, NC 30 0.25 2.97 $21.26 $44,230
Tucson, AZ 70 0.20 2.30 $23.59 $49,080
Madison, WI 70 0.19 2.24 $25.11 $52,230
Savannah, GA 30 0.18 2.18 $24.61 $51,180
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 30 0.18 2.10 (8) (8)
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 50 0.18 2.07 $30.25 $62,920
Boise City, ID 50 0.16 1.87 $17.65 $36,700




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 290 0.09 1.10 $39.24 $81,620
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,330 0.14 1.64 $37.50 $78,000
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 250 0.10 1.21 $37.44 $77,880
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 3.01 $36.72 $76,380
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 50 0.05 0.57 $36.16 $75,220
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY (8) (8) (8) $35.45 $73,740
Dayton, OH 30 0.09 1.05 $35.28 $73,390
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 140 0.07 0.83 $35.20 $73,210
Austin-Round Rock, TX 50 0.05 0.62 $33.90 $70,510
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 390 0.14 1.67 $33.55 $69,770

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.79 $26.19 $54,470
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 5.29 $21.53 $44,770
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.33 $20.62 $42,880
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 8.04 $27.50 $57,200
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.52 $23.19 $48,230

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 40 0.68 8.04 $27.50 $57,200
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 40 0.45 5.29 $21.53 $44,770
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.36 4.24 $32.78 $68,180
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 30 0.24 2.89 $19.23 $40,010
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.79 $26.19 $54,470

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 40 0.36 4.24 $32.78 $68,180
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 40 0.68 8.04 $27.50 $57,200
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.79 $26.19 $54,470
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $25.81 $53,680
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.52 $23.19 $48,230


About May 2018 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 OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019