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

19-3093 Historians

Research, analyze, record, and interpret the past as recorded in sources, such as government and institutional records, newspapers and other periodicals, photographs, interviews, films, electronic media, and unpublished manuscripts, such as personal diaries and letters.


National estimates for Historians
Industry profile for Historians
Geographic profile for Historians

National estimates for Historians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Historians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
2,910 5.1 % $ 34.68 $ 72,130 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for Historians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.94 $ 23.29 $ 30.74 $ 44.49 $ 56.91
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,310 $ 48,440 $ 63,940 $ 92,540 $ 118,380


Industry profile for Historians:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Historians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 710 0.03 $ 49.99 $ 103,970
Scientific Research and Development Services 530 0.07 $ 32.81 $ 68,240
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 500 0.01 $ 23.37 $ 48,610
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 27.92 $ 58,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $ 33.40 $ 69,460

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Historians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 120 0.09 $ 26.04 $ 54,150
Scientific Research and Development Services 530 0.07 $ 32.81 $ 68,240
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 710 0.03 $ 49.99 $ 103,970
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 27.92 $ 58,070
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $ 33.40 $ 69,460

Top paying industries for Historians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 55.91 $ 116,280
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 710 0.03 $ 49.99 $ 103,970
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services (8) (8) $ 38.67 $ 80,430
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 150 0.01 $ 33.40 $ 69,460
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 70 (7) $ 33.32 $ 69,310


Geographic profile for Historians:

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



Map of employment of historians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Historians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 330 0.04 1.86 $ 24.38 $ 50,710
District of Columbia 240 0.36 17.41 $ 49.70 $ 103,370
Virginia 230 0.06 2.94 $ 38.21 $ 79,470
California 210 0.01 0.62 $ 39.83 $ 82,850
Texas 150 0.01 0.59 $ 36.66 $ 76,260


Map of location quotient of historians by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 240 0.36 17.41 $ 49.70 $ 103,370
Mississippi 110 0.10 4.65 $ 21.79 $ 45,330
Hawaii 40 0.07 3.60 $ 42.81 $ 89,040
Virginia 230 0.06 2.94 $ 38.21 $ 79,470
Oklahoma 60 0.04 1.94 $ 26.87 $ 55,900


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


Top paying states for Historians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Connecticut 50 0.03 1.68 $ 58.16 $ 120,980
District of Columbia 240 0.36 17.41 $ 49.70 $ 103,370
Hawaii 40 0.07 3.60 $ 42.81 $ 89,040
Maryland 70 0.03 1.25 $ 41.49 $ 86,300
Colorado 70 0.03 1.32 $ 41.36 $ 86,020



Map of employment of historians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Historians:

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 380 0.13 6.25 $ 48.67 $ 101,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.81 $ 34.77 $ 72,320
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60 0.02 1.06 $ 33.63 $ 69,940
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50 0.01 0.45 $ 37.78 $ 78,590
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.10 $ 40.70 $ 84,650
Richmond, VA 50 0.07 3.61 $ 27.95 $ 58,130
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 40 0.02 0.81 $ 36.09 $ 75,070
Urban Honolulu, HI 40 0.10 4.88 $ 43.19 $ 89,840
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 2.33 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.08 3.81 (8) (8)


Map of location quotient of historians by area, May 2021


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

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 380 0.13 6.25 $ 48.67 $ 101,240
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.10 4.95 $ 37.12 $ 77,220
Urban Honolulu, HI 40 0.10 4.88 $ 43.19 $ 89,840
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 30 0.08 3.81 (8) (8)
Richmond, VA 50 0.07 3.61 $ 27.95 $ 58,130
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 2.33 $ 33.69 $ 70,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.10 $ 40.70 $ 84,650
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 60 0.02 1.06 $ 33.63 $ 69,940
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 40 0.02 0.81 $ 36.09 $ 75,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.81 $ 34.77 $ 72,320


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Historians:

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 380 0.13 6.25 $ 48.67 $ 101,240
Urban Honolulu, HI 40 0.10 4.88 $ 43.19 $ 89,840
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO (8) (8) (8) $ 41.72 $ 86,780
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 50 0.02 1.10 $ 40.70 $ 84,650
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 50 0.01 0.45 $ 37.78 $ 78,590
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 30 0.10 4.95 $ 37.12 $ 77,220
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 36.18 $ 75,260
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 40 0.02 0.81 $ 36.09 $ 75,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 140 0.02 0.81 $ 34.77 $ 72,320
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 30 0.05 2.33 $ 33.69 $ 70,070

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Historians:

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 0.26 12.49 $ 23.19 $ 48,240
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 13.59 $ 18.47 $ 38,410

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 13.59 $ 18.47 $ 38,410
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.26 12.49 $ 23.19 $ 48,240

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Historians:

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 0.26 12.49 $ 23.19 $ 48,240
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 40 0.28 13.59 $ 18.47 $ 38,410


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