|Quick Facts: Anthropologists and Archeologists|
$62,280 per year
$29.94 per hour
|4% (Slower than average)|
Anthropologists and archeologists study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They examine the cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world.
Anthropologists and archeologists typically work in research organizations, government, and consulting firms. Although most work in offices, some analyze samples in laboratories or do fieldwork. Fieldwork may require travel for extended periods.
Anthropologists and archeologists need a master’s degree or Ph.D. in anthropology or archeology. Experience doing fieldwork in either discipline is also important. Bachelor’s degree holders may find work as assistants or fieldworkers.
The median annual wage for anthropologists and archeologists was $62,280 in May 2017.
Employment of anthropologists and archeologists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations. Prospective anthropologists and archeologists will likely face strong competition for jobs because of the small number of positions relative to applicants.
Explore resources for employment and wages by state and area for anthropologists and archeologists.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of anthropologists and archeologists with similar occupations.
Learn more about anthropologists and archeologists by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.