Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

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)
10,970 3.1 % $21.53 $44,780 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.12 $14.39 $19.25 $26.36 $35.14
Annual Wage (2) $23,130 $29,930 $40,040 $54,820 $73,080


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 5,540 3.53 $19.80 $41,190
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,230 0.11 $25.44 $52,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $23.60 $49,090
Local Government (OES Designation) 770 0.01 $18.69 $38,880
State Government (OES Designation) 510 0.02 $20.59 $42,820

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 5,540 3.53 $19.80 $41,190
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 220 0.41 $25.91 $53,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,230 0.11 $25.44 $52,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $23.60 $49,090
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 40 0.03 $18.17 $37,790

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 70 0.03 $26.55 $55,230
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 220 0.41 $25.91 $53,890
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,230 0.11 $25.44 $52,910
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,100 0.04 $23.60 $49,090
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $23.04 $47,930


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 1,610 0.10 1.29 $22.06 $45,890
New York 920 0.10 1.30 $28.39 $59,060
Missouri 880 0.32 4.10 $18.50 $38,480
Illinois 760 0.13 1.64 $19.53 $40,620
Texas 510 0.04 0.55 $20.53 $42,690




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 420 0.60 7.68 $31.90 $66,350
Missouri 880 0.32 4.10 $18.50 $38,480
Wyoming 80 0.30 3.87 $17.74 $36,890
Maryland 440 0.17 2.14 $29.35 $61,040
Alaska 60 0.17 2.21 $21.69 $45,110




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 420 0.60 7.68 $31.90 $66,350
Maryland 440 0.17 2.14 $29.35 $61,040
New York 920 0.10 1.30 $28.39 $59,060
Rhode Island 30 0.07 0.87 $25.93 $53,930
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.14 $25.89 $53,850





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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.36 4.55 $31.35 $65,210
St. Louis, MO-IL 740 0.55 7.02 $17.83 $37,090
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.15 1.95 $22.57 $46,950
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.09 1.19 $32.28 $67,150
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 2.14 $20.20 $42,010
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.37 4.77 $24.10 $50,120
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.13 1.69 $25.02 $52,040
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.22 2.78 $19.73 $41,050
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.24 3.03 $21.77 $45,270
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.08 1.05 $23.82 $49,540




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)
St. Louis, MO-IL 740 0.55 7.02 $17.83 $37,090
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.37 4.77 $24.10 $50,120
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.36 4.55 $31.35 $65,210
Amarillo, TX 30 0.28 3.59 $17.21 $35,790
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 70 0.25 3.19 $15.96 $33,210
Dayton, OH 90 0.25 3.16 $21.14 $43,960
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 210 0.24 3.03 $21.77 $45,270
Kansas City, MO-KS 230 0.22 2.78 $19.73 $41,050
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 130 0.17 2.18 $20.10 $41,810
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 610 0.17 2.14 $20.20 $42,010




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)
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 610 0.09 1.19 $32.28 $67,150
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 890 0.36 4.55 $31.35 $65,210
Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA 30 0.09 1.14 $29.07 $60,460
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.17 2.14 $27.28 $56,740
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 30 0.06 0.73 $25.93 $53,930
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 130 0.04 0.56 $25.65 $53,350
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 240 0.13 1.69 $25.02 $52,040
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 400 0.37 4.77 $24.10 $50,120
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 130 0.08 1.05 $23.82 $49,540
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 110 0.10 1.32 $23.30 $48,470

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.89 $16.85 $35,060

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)
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.89 $16.85 $35,060

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $18.39 $38,260
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.23 2.89 $16.85 $35,060
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $13.44 $27,950


About May 2016 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 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017