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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

25-4013 Museum Technicians and Conservators

Restore, maintain, or prepare objects in museum collections for storage, research, or exhibit. May work with specimens such as fossils, skeletal parts, or botanicals; or artifacts, textiles, or art. May identify and record objects or install and arrange them in exhibits. Includes book or document conservators.


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)
13,190 3.3 % $23.09 $48,030 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.55 $16.12 $21.36 $28.11 $36.70
Annual Wage (2) $26,110 $33,530 $44,430 $58,470 $76,330


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 6,870 4.02 $22.18 $46,140
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,060 0.10 $27.52 $57,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,570 0.05 $24.53 $51,030
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,020 0.02 $19.57 $40,710
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 560 0.03 $20.02 $41,640

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 6,870 4.02 $22.18 $46,140
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.69 $23.77 $49,440
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,060 0.10 $27.52 $57,250
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,570 0.05 $24.53 $51,030
Other Information Services 160 0.05 $27.38 $56,960

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) 2,060 0.10 $27.52 $57,250
Other Information Services 160 0.05 $27.38 $56,960
Junior Colleges 50 0.01 $25.58 $53,210
Elementary and Secondary Schools 40 (7) $25.28 $52,580
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations 50 0.01 $24.62 $51,210


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)
California 2,030 0.12 1.30 $23.97 $49,850
New York 1,480 0.16 1.74 $28.65 $59,600
Missouri 850 0.30 3.36 $20.40 $42,430
Illinois 770 0.13 1.42 $23.07 $47,980
Pennsylvania 640 0.11 1.20 $21.18 $44,050




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)
District of Columbia 460 0.64 7.15 $32.58 $67,770
Missouri 850 0.30 3.36 $20.40 $42,430
Wyoming 60 0.20 2.25 $18.63 $38,750
Vermont 50 0.17 1.84 $21.04 $43,770
Alaska 50 0.17 1.89 $23.88 $49,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Maryland 410 0.15 1.70 $32.87 $68,370
District of Columbia 460 0.64 7.15 $32.58 $67,770
New York 1,480 0.16 1.74 $28.65 $59,600
Massachusetts 510 0.14 1.55 $28.63 $59,560
Connecticut 220 0.13 1.45 $27.81 $57,850





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 1,230 0.13 1.42 $30.36 $63,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 970 0.16 1.73 $23.69 $49,280
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 940 0.30 3.29 $32.84 $68,320
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.54 5.97 $19.47 $40,500
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 620 0.13 1.47 $24.62 $51,200
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.21 2.32 $27.69 $57,590
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.14 1.51 $30.41 $63,240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 340 0.12 1.30 $24.46 $50,880
Pittsburgh, PA 240 0.20 2.27 (8) (8)
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.26 2.89 $22.34 $46,470




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)
Santa Fe, NM 40 0.57 6.34 $22.20 $46,180
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.54 5.97 $19.47 $40,500
New Haven, CT 150 0.51 5.72 $30.72 $63,900
Charlottesville, VA 50 0.47 5.24 $19.11 $39,740
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 940 0.30 3.29 $32.84 $68,320
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 200 0.26 2.89 $22.34 $46,470
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 30 0.25 2.81 $19.14 $39,820
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.25 2.73 $20.68 $43,020
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.21 2.32 $27.69 $57,590
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.21 2.32 $27.56 $57,320




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 940 0.30 3.29 $32.84 $68,320
New Haven, CT 150 0.51 5.72 $30.72 $63,900
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 380 0.14 1.51 $30.41 $63,240
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 1,230 0.13 1.42 $30.36 $63,140
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 40 0.10 1.08 $28.88 $60,070
Springfield, MA-CT 30 0.09 1.00 $28.85 $60,010
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 520 0.21 2.32 $27.69 $57,590
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 90 0.21 2.32 $27.56 $57,320
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 60 0.05 0.59 $27.14 $56,440
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 30 0.02 0.27 $25.54 $53,130

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)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.20 2.23 $14.06 $29,240
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.38 $19.05 $39,610
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 3.26 $27.99 $58,220
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.75 $23.00 $47,840

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)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.38 $19.05 $39,610
Alaska nonmetropolitan area 30 0.29 3.26 $27.99 $58,220
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.75 $23.00 $47,840
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.20 2.23 $14.06 $29,240

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 0.29 3.26 $27.99 $58,220
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 30 0.25 2.75 $23.00 $47,840
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 50 0.30 3.38 $19.05 $39,610
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 80 0.20 2.23 $14.06 $29,240


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: July 6, 2020