How Much Does a Museum Curator Make?


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In 2013, museum curators, who are in charge of administering the collections in museums, made on average $55,620 annually, according to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median hourly wage was $26.74. Earners in the lowest percentile made $28,840 and those in the highest percentile made $87,980.

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New York, California and Massachusetts had the highest concentrations of curators and paid above average at $67,430, $71,440 and $60,150, respectively.

In 2014, museum curators earned an average of $49,608 per year, with a median hourly wage of $15, according to PayScale. The company based its annual estimate on 87 individuals reporting, and for the hourly 23 individuals reporting.

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