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

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 Curators
Industry profile for Curators
Geographic profile for Curators

National estimates for Curators:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Curators:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
11,750 3.5 % $ 29.64 $ 61,650 0.9 %

Percentile wage estimates for Curators:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.04 $ 20.87 $ 27.40 $ 36.70 $ 46.55
Annual Wage (2) $ 33,370 $ 43,420 $ 56,990 $ 76,330 $ 96,820


Industry profile for Curators:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,680 3.93 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,850 0.06 $ 31.40 $ 65,310
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,340 0.02 $ 28.09 $ 58,420
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 850 0.04 $ 26.84 $ 55,830
Other Information Services 610 0.18 $ 37.33 $ 77,650

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions 5,680 3.93 $ 28.29 $ 58,840
Other Information Services 610 0.18 $ 37.33 $ 77,650
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,850 0.06 $ 31.40 $ 65,310
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.06 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 50 0.05 $ 26.39 $ 54,880

Top paying industries for Curators:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 350 0.02 $ 42.35 $ 88,090
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.06 $ 39.09 $ 81,310
Social Advocacy Organizations 30 0.02 $ 38.16 $ 79,370
Other Information Services 610 0.18 $ 37.33 $ 77,650
Employment Services 40 (7) $ 34.19 $ 71,120


Geographic profile for Curators:

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





States with the highest employment level in Curators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,570 0.10 1.13 $ 36.04 $ 74,970
New York 1,380 0.16 1.89 $ 34.88 $ 72,560
Texas 620 0.05 0.61 $ 27.37 $ 56,940
Florida 560 0.07 0.78 $ 26.54 $ 55,200
Pennsylvania 500 0.09 1.06 $ 30.57 $ 63,590




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

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Wyoming 90 0.36 4.25 $ 21.93 $ 45,620
Rhode Island 110 0.26 3.07 $ 28.85 $ 60,020
District of Columbia 170 0.25 2.91 $ 40.00 $ 83,190
Alaska 60 0.19 2.29 $ 35.50 $ 73,830
Montana 80 0.18 2.12 $ 20.20 $ 42,010




Top paying states for Curators:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 170 0.25 2.91 $ 40.00 $ 83,190
California 1,570 0.10 1.13 $ 36.04 $ 74,970
Alaska 60 0.19 2.29 $ 35.50 $ 73,830
New York 1,380 0.16 1.89 $ 34.88 $ 72,560
Connecticut 190 0.12 1.45 $ 33.32 $ 69,300





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Curators:

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 1,190 0.14 1.60 $ 36.45 $ 75,820
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 3.07 $ 38.94 $ 81,000
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 560 0.10 1.13 $ 34.76 $ 72,310
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 290 0.11 1.28 $ 30.09 $ 62,590
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 290 0.07 0.78 $ 28.45 $ 59,180
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 290 0.11 1.31 $ 33.06 $ 68,770
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 1.06 $ 38.14 $ 79,340
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 230 0.09 1.09 $ 28.61 $ 59,520
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 170 0.05 0.57 $ 29.29 $ 60,920
Raleigh, NC 160 0.25 3.01 $ 25.99 $ 54,050




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

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Bloomington, IN 60 0.90 10.61 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Waco, TX 30 0.27 3.25 $ 26.03 $ 54,140
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 3.13 $ 37.32 $ 77,620
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 3.07 $ 38.94 $ 81,000
Raleigh, NC 160 0.25 3.01 $ 25.99 $ 54,050
Boulder, CO 40 0.24 2.83 (8) (8)
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 130 0.24 2.82 $ 28.55 $ 59,380
Lubbock, TX 30 0.22 2.58 $ 24.06 $ 50,050
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 2.43 $ 31.51 $ 65,540
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.20 2.39 $ 40.37 $ 83,960




Top paying metropolitan areas for Curators:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 60 0.20 2.39 $ 40.37 $ 83,960
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 600 0.26 3.07 $ 38.94 $ 81,000
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 1.06 $ 38.14 $ 79,340
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 60 0.04 0.51 $ 37.75 $ 78,510
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 100 0.05 0.64 $ 37.46 $ 77,920
New Haven, CT 70 0.26 3.13 $ 37.32 $ 77,620
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA (8) (8) (8) $ 36.57 $ 76,070
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,190 0.14 1.60 $ 36.45 $ 75,820
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.19 2.28 $ 36.09 $ 75,070
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 560 0.10 1.13 $ 34.76 $ 72,310

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Curators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 5.21 $ 24.72 $ 51,420
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.11 13.17 $ 31.04 $ 64,550
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.15 1.72 $ 23.33 $ 48,520
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 4.73 $ 36.88 $ 76,720
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 4.80 $ 21.54 $ 44,810

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

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.11 13.17 $ 31.04 $ 64,550
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 5.21 $ 24.72 $ 51,420
Northeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 40 0.41 4.80 $ 21.54 $ 44,810
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 4.73 $ 36.88 $ 76,720
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 4.35 $ 24.87 $ 51,730

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Curators:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 40 0.40 4.73 $ 36.88 $ 76,720
Massachusetts nonmetropolitan area 60 1.11 13.17 $ 31.04 $ 64,550
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 30 0.17 1.96 $ 30.56 $ 63,570
Western Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.37 4.35 $ 24.87 $ 51,730
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 70 0.44 5.21 $ 24.72 $ 51,420


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.

(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 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