Museum Technician Salary

museum-technician-salary-chart.jpgA museum technician prepares, records and identifies objects that are part of a museum’s collection. These objects can be stored, exhibited or prepared for research. A museum technician can work with anything from fossils, plants, textiles, artwork, artifacts or even parts of skeletons.

Salary

The mean annual salary of a museum technician is $42,920. The lower ten percent of these technicians make $24,920, while the top ten percent make $69,500 a year. Most museum technicians work, not surprisingly, in museums. But they also work in historical sites and other institutions. They can also be employed by the federal government, by their state and local governments and by in colleges and universities. The top paying industries are grantmaking services, the federal government, information services, freelance artists, colleges, universities and vocational schools. Those grantmaking services pay the highest wage at $64,560 a year.

Location

Most museum technicians work in California. They number 990 and have an annual mean salary of $46,900. The second largest population of museum technicians is in New York. Their mean annual salary is $53,790. New York is followed by Illinois, with a salary of $41,440 per year; Missouri, with a salary of $36,280 per year; and Maryland, with a salary of $55,570 per year.

Job Outlook

The job outlook for museum technicians is about average. The growth rate will be at around 7 percent between 2012 and 2022.

Museum Technician Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $25,550 $37,610 $52,210 $37,370
Alaska $32,160 $52,450 $90,990 $54,650
Arizona $27,090 $36,950 $64,430 $42,670
Arkansas $17,650 $30,370 $37,880 $30,600
California $29,920 $42,830 $70,590 $46,900
Colorado $25,440 $40,830 $66,740 $44,930
Connecticut $23,800 $51,630 $70,640 $49,760
Delaware $28,750 $28,770 $53,290 $35,280
Florida $18,780 $29,850 $48,470 $31,880
Georgia $26,060 $39,620 $72,920 $44,800
Hawaii $25,400 $35,230 $48,140 $35,900
Idaho $24,490 $31,320 $44,200 $32,760
Illinois $24,920 $37,570 $64,760 $41,440
Indiana $25,220 $37,250 $64,300 $41,270
Iowa $17,140 $32,260 $68,590 $37,230
Kansas $23,030 $31,320 $47,390 $33,970
Kentucky $20,990 $30,220 $49,260 $32,680
Louisiana $18,320 $39,130 $58,520 $39,120
Maine $24,440 $34,550 $45,860 $34,090
Maryland $30,470 $48,100 $89,930 $55,570
Massachusetts $28,780 $41,270 $66,370 $45,030
Michigan $19,860 $30,940 $57,290 $34,900
Minnesota $24,000 $42,930 $58,490 $42,090
Missouri $24,920 $33,580 $52,190 $36,280
Montana $18,740 $30,160 $45,080 $31,420
Nebraska $26,410 $42,320 $58,910 $42,850
Nevada $21,950 $34,850 $58,510 $37,330
New Jersey $27,330 $38,140 $67,760 $43,560
New Mexico $25,160 $38,950 $59,010 $40,280
New York $31,570 $49,600 $85,000 $53,790
North Carolina $20,790 $34,840 $51,010 $35,560
Ohio $25,380 $34,210 $56,350 $37,690
Oklahoma $16,790 $25,370 $44,110 $28,120
Oregon $22,930 $34,580 $48,050 $35,410
Pennsylvania $25,590 $38,070 $59,940 $41,490
South Carolina $17,840 $30,790 $52,900 $32,460
South Dakota $21,990 $27,390 $32,920 $27,690
Tennessee $18,420 $29,110 $47,000 $31,270
Texas $25,120 $35,900 $57,730 $39,530
Vermont $22,090 $34,170 $60,400 $37,740
Virginia $24,600 $35,700 $69,940 $41,380
Washington $24,400 $40,340 $60,740 $42,450
West Virginia $23,340 $29,260 $49,250 $34,230
Wisconsin $21,780 $35,040 $65,480 $38,660
Wyoming $19,560 $31,310 $54,410 $35,420