Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
11,550 2.9 % $28.28 $58,830 1.0 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $14.04 $19.03 $25.85 $34.99 $45.62
Annual Wage (2) $29,210 $39,590 $53,770 $72,790 $94,880


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 6,460 4.00 $27.16 $56,480
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,770 0.06 $30.13 $62,670
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 1,040 0.02 $28.10 $58,440
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $26.43 $54,980
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 360 0.02 $40.39 $84,020

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 6,460 4.00 $27.16 $56,480
Other Information Services 260 0.09 $36.01 $74,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,770 0.06 $30.13 $62,670
Performing Arts Companies 70 0.05 $28.55 $59,370
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 780 0.04 $26.43 $54,980

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 $40.39 $84,020
Other Information Services 260 0.09 $36.01 $74,900
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,770 0.06 $30.13 $62,670
Social Advocacy Organizations 50 0.02 $30.02 $62,440
Elementary and Secondary Schools 30 (7) $29.81 $62,000


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 1,410 0.15 1.89 $36.32 $75,550
California 910 0.05 0.68 $34.42 $71,600
Massachusetts 650 0.18 2.28 $30.20 $62,820
Texas 600 0.05 0.62 $28.42 $59,120
Pennsylvania 560 0.10 1.19 $25.11 $52,230




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 120 0.45 5.53 $20.17 $41,960
Alaska 70 0.23 2.89 $31.14 $64,770
District of Columbia 160 0.22 2.76 $42.32 $88,020
Montana 80 0.18 2.27 $20.39 $42,400
Massachusetts 650 0.18 2.28 $30.20 $62,820




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 160 0.22 2.76 $42.32 $88,020
New York 1,410 0.15 1.89 $36.32 $75,550
New Jersey 110 0.03 0.33 $35.44 $73,720
California 910 0.05 0.68 $34.42 $71,600
Nevada 100 0.08 0.98 $32.09 $66,740



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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-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.16 2.01 $39.06 $81,250
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 450 0.24 2.99 $29.52 $61,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.07 0.88 $36.18 $75,250
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 300 0.08 1.01 $31.83 $66,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 1.43 $37.59 $78,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 190 0.07 0.82 $27.64 $57,490
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 170 0.19 2.31 $29.99 $62,370
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 1.82 $46.05 $95,790
Columbus, OH 150 0.15 1.83 $25.03 $52,060
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 150 0.10 1.28 $31.66 $65,850


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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)
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 60 0.66 8.15 $34.31 $71,360
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 450 0.24 2.99 $29.52 $61,390
Tucson, AZ 90 0.24 3.02 $25.60 $53,240
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 110 0.20 2.51 $19.79 $41,160
Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 60 0.20 2.52 $31.94 $66,430
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 2.45 $38.42 $79,920
Raleigh, NC 120 0.19 2.37 $23.78 $49,450
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 170 0.19 2.31 $29.99 $62,370
Madison, WI 70 0.17 2.08 $25.77 $53,590
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.16 2.01 $39.06 $81,250


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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)
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 160 0.15 1.82 $46.05 $95,790
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.13 1.62 $39.30 $81,750
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 1,090 0.16 2.01 $39.06 $81,250
Ann Arbor, MI 40 0.20 2.45 $38.42 $79,920
Fort Worth-Arlington, TX Metropolitan Division 60 0.06 0.80 $38.40 $79,880
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 290 0.12 1.43 $37.59 $78,190
Newark, NJ-PA Metropolitan Division 40 0.03 0.38 $37.53 $78,060
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 320 0.07 0.88 $36.18 $75,250
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL Metropolitan Division 70 0.06 0.74 $35.47 $73,770
Peabody-Salem-Beverly, MA NECTA Division 60 0.66 8.15 $34.31 $71,360

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)
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.63 20.17 $15.31 $31,850
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $25.96 $53,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.59 $22.98 $47,810

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)
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.63 20.17 $15.31 $31,850
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $25.96 $53,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.59 $22.98 $47,810

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 50 0.24 2.91 $25.96 $53,990
Central Kentucky nonmetropolitan area 40 0.21 2.59 $22.98 $47,810
North Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $16.80 $34,940
Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 60 1.63 20.17 $15.31 $31,850


About May 2017 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 2017 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2017 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2018