Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2017

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)
12,290 3.0 % $21.62 $44,970 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.31 $14.69 $19.55 $26.30 $34.73
Annual Wage (2) $23,520 $30,560 $40,670 $54,700 $72,240


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 6,520 4.03 $20.09 $41,780
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,150 0.11 $26.53 $55,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,270 0.04 $22.96 $47,760
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 850 0.02 $18.89 $39,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 660 0.03 $20.25 $42,120

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 6,520 4.03 $20.09 $41,780
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 330 0.65 $24.33 $50,610
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,150 0.11 $26.53 $55,190
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,270 0.04 $22.96 $47,760
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation) 660 0.03 $20.25 $42,120

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) 2,150 0.11 $26.53 $55,190
Other Information Services 80 0.03 $26.48 $55,070
Junior Colleges 80 0.01 $24.63 $51,230
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 330 0.65 $24.33 $50,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,270 0.04 $22.96 $47,760


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 1,790 0.11 1.24 $22.90 $47,620
New York 1,110 0.12 1.40 $27.87 $57,970
Illinois 900 0.15 1.76 $20.23 $42,070
Missouri 890 0.32 3.70 $19.34 $40,230
Texas 540 0.05 0.53 $20.58 $42,800




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 440 0.61 7.13 $32.55 $67,700
Missouri 890 0.32 3.70 $19.34 $40,230
Wyoming 80 0.30 3.49 $17.77 $36,950
South Dakota 90 0.22 2.60 $14.46 $30,070
Alaska 70 0.20 2.37 $22.42 $46,640




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 440 0.61 7.13 $32.55 $67,700
Maryland 460 0.17 2.02 $30.01 $62,420
New York 1,110 0.12 1.40 $27.87 $57,970
Massachusetts 390 0.11 1.29 $24.43 $50,820
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.13 $24.27 $50,490



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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.37 4.23 $32.00 $66,570
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.17 1.98 $23.98 $49,880
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 740 0.20 2.34 $20.38 $42,390
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.54 6.22 $18.78 $39,070
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.11 1.23 $30.85 $64,170
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.38 4.46 $23.46 $48,800
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.15 1.73 $25.29 $52,600
Kansas City, MO-KS 210 0.20 2.27 $20.58 $42,800
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 200 0.14 1.63 $20.21 $42,040
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 200 0.07 0.78 $21.91 $45,580


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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)
Bloomington, IN 50 0.69 7.96 $23.08 $48,010
Ann Arbor, MI 120 0.58 6.72 $16.37 $34,050
St. Louis, MO-IL 730 0.54 6.22 $18.78 $39,070
Flagstaff, AZ 30 0.50 5.78 $20.74 $43,130
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.38 4.46 $23.46 $48,800
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.37 4.23 $32.00 $66,570
Dayton, OH 90 0.24 2.77 $21.15 $44,000
Gainesville, FL 30 0.23 2.66 $23.30 $48,470
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 2.43 $23.74 $49,370
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.21 2.40 $22.54 $46,880


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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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 920 0.37 4.23 $32.00 $66,570
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 710 0.11 1.23 $30.85 $64,170
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 1.08 $27.76 $57,740
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 80 0.17 1.95 $27.37 $56,930
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 280 0.15 1.73 $25.29 $52,600
Oakland-Hayward-Berkeley, CA Metropolitan Division 90 0.08 0.91 $24.76 $51,510
Austin-Round Rock, TX 40 0.04 0.41 $24.10 $50,140
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 760 0.17 1.98 $23.98 $49,880
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 40 0.21 2.43 $23.74 $49,370
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 430 0.38 4.46 $23.46 $48,800

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)
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.81 $13.17 $27,390
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.32 $17.47 $36,340
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 5.91 $14.60 $30,380
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.44 $17.52 $36,450

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)
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 5.91 $14.60 $30,380
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.81 $13.17 $27,390
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.32 $17.47 $36,340
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.44 $17.52 $36,450

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)
Southeast Coastal North Carolina nonmetropolitan area 30 0.12 1.44 $17.52 $36,450
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.32 $17.47 $36,340
West South Dakota nonmetropolitan area 30 0.51 5.91 $14.60 $30,380
East South Dakota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.82 $28,750
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 40 0.24 2.81 $13.17 $27,390


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.

(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