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

25-4011 Archivists

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National estimates for Archivists
Industry profile for Archivists
Geographic profile for Archivists

National estimates for Archivists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Archivists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
6,120 4.5 % $ 29.75 $ 61,880 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Archivists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.67 $ 22.28 $ 28.87 $ 36.99 $ 47.15
Annual Wage (2) $ 36,750 $ 46,350 $ 60,050 $ 76,930 $ 98,070


Industry profile for Archivists:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Archivists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,300 0.04 $ 30.62 $ 63,680
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 760 0.58 $ 23.86 $ 49,630
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 680 0.03 $ 26.84 $ 55,820
Other Information Services 570 0.16 $ 21.75 $ 45,240
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 570 0.01 $ 27.22 $ 56,620

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Archivists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 760 0.58 $ 23.86 $ 49,630
Other Information Services 570 0.16 $ 21.75 $ 45,240
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.06 (8) (8)
Religious Organizations 110 0.06 $ 27.84 $ 57,900
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 160 0.04 $ 41.97 $ 87,300

Top paying industries for Archivists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 470 0.02 $ 45.91 $ 95,500
Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers 160 0.04 $ 41.97 $ 87,300
Radio and Television Broadcasting 80 0.04 $ 36.22 $ 75,340
Legal Services 40 (7) $ 34.75 $ 72,280
Newspaper, Periodical, Book, and Directory Publishers 40 0.02 $ 33.34 $ 69,340


Geographic profile for Archivists:

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



Map of employment of archivists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Archivists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 760 0.09 2.03 $ 35.32 $ 73,460
California 710 0.04 0.98 $ 29.31 $ 60,970
Texas 330 0.03 0.63 $ 31.28 $ 65,060
South Carolina 330 0.16 3.70 $ 31.40 $ 65,320
Pennsylvania 320 0.06 1.32 $ 25.95 $ 53,970


Map of location quotient of archivists by state, May 2021


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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 170 0.26 5.99 $ 38.77 $ 80,630
South Carolina 330 0.16 3.70 $ 31.40 $ 65,320
Alaska 40 0.14 3.12 $ 32.24 $ 67,070
Maryland 270 0.11 2.44 $ 38.23 $ 79,520
New Mexico 70 0.09 2.17 $ 27.06 $ 56,290


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


Top paying states for Archivists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 170 0.26 5.99 $ 38.77 $ 80,630
Maryland 270 0.11 2.44 $ 38.23 $ 79,520
Connecticut 40 0.02 0.53 $ 36.78 $ 76,510
New York 760 0.09 2.03 $ 35.32 $ 73,460
Rhode Island 40 0.09 2.01 $ 34.42 $ 71,600



Map of employment of archivists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Archivists:

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 690 0.08 1.83 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 370 0.07 1.50 $ 27.93 $ 58,100
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 2.91 $ 40.43 $ 84,080
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 210 0.17 4.02 $ 34.34 $ 71,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.08 1.78 $ 34.72 $ 72,210
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 180 0.07 1.54 $ 27.61 $ 57,440
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 1.86 $ 34.78 $ 72,340
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 120 0.09 2.12 $ 29.80 $ 61,980
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 100 0.02 0.56 $ 31.33 $ 65,170
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 90 0.04 0.95 $ 31.91 $ 66,380


Map of location quotient of archivists by area, May 2021


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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Montgomery, AL 50 0.35 8.09 $ 28.07 $ 58,380
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 210 0.17 4.02 $ 34.34 $ 71,430
Charleston-North Charleston, SC 60 0.17 3.93 $ 29.97 $ 62,340
Madison, WI 60 0.16 3.79 $ 25.63 $ 53,300
Ann Arbor, MI 30 0.16 3.57 $ 38.11 $ 79,270
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 40 0.13 3.09 $ 29.01 $ 60,340
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 370 0.13 2.91 $ 40.43 $ 84,080
Oklahoma City, OK 70 0.11 2.50 $ 24.05 $ 50,020
Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR 30 0.10 2.41 $ 30.77 $ 64,010
Knoxville, TN 40 0.09 2.18 $ 21.76 $ 45,260


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


Top paying metropolitan areas for Archivists:

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 370 0.13 2.91 $ 40.43 $ 84,080
Ann Arbor, MI 30 0.16 3.57 $ 38.11 $ 79,270
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 690 0.08 1.83 $ 36.44 $ 75,800
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 160 0.08 1.86 $ 34.78 $ 72,340
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 200 0.08 1.78 $ 34.72 $ 72,210
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 40 0.07 1.72 $ 34.42 $ 71,600
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 34.36 $ 71,480
Charlotte-Concord-Gastonia, NC-SC 210 0.17 4.02 $ 34.34 $ 71,430
St. Louis, MO-IL 30 0.03 0.59 $ 32.64 $ 67,890
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 90 0.04 0.95 $ 31.91 $ 66,380

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Archivists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 7.32 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 2.04 $ 12.92 $ 26,880

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 7.32 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 2.04 $ 12.92 $ 26,880

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Archivists:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 40 0.32 7.32 $ 28.12 $ 58,490
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 30 0.09 2.04 $ 12.92 $ 26,880


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