Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2015

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)
10,750 3.3 % $21.58 $44,880 1.6 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.15 $14.93 $19.40 $26.37 $34.89
Annual Wage (2) $23,200 $31,060 $40,340 $54,850 $72,570


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 4,920 3.25 $19.96 $41,520
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,070 0.10 $25.57 $53,180
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,110 0.04 $21.92 $45,590
State Government (OES Designation) 870 0.04 $22.00 $45,760
Local Government (OES Designation) 790 0.01 $18.81 $39,130

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 4,920 3.25 $19.96 $41,520
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 350 0.66 $23.55 $48,990
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 2,070 0.10 $25.57 $53,180
State Government (OES Designation) 870 0.04 $22.00 $45,760
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 1,110 0.04 $21.92 $45,590

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) 2,070 0.10 $25.57 $53,180
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 350 0.66 $23.55 $48,990
Other Information Services 80 0.04 $23.53 $48,950
Junior Colleges 70 0.01 $22.17 $46,120
State Government (OES Designation) 870 0.04 $22.00 $45,760


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 1,400 0.09 1.16 $22.85 $47,530
Illinois 920 0.16 2.01 $21.12 $43,920
New York 900 0.10 1.29 $28.52 $59,320
Missouri 750 0.28 3.55 $17.91 $37,260
Pennsylvania 540 0.09 1.21 $19.75 $41,080



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 410 0.61 7.85 $32.36 $67,310
Wyoming 100 0.35 4.53 $17.47 $36,340
Missouri 750 0.28 3.55 $17.91 $37,260
Delaware 80 0.19 2.45 $20.53 $42,700
Maryland 480 0.18 2.36 $28.76 $59,820



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 410 0.61 7.85 $32.36 $67,310
Maryland 480 0.18 2.36 $28.76 $59,820
New York 900 0.10 1.29 $28.52 $59,320
New Jersey 40 0.01 0.14 $26.74 $55,620
Massachusetts 290 0.08 1.08 $25.70 $53,450




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 850 0.35 4.52 $31.72 $65,980
St. Louis, MO-IL 680 0.51 6.55 $17.89 $37,210
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.10 1.30 $31.20 $64,900
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 640 0.16 2.00 $23.36 $48,590
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 490 0.14 1.77 $19.97 $41,550
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.29 3.74 $26.54 $55,190
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.22 2.83 $19.24 $40,010
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 1.40 $27.14 $56,450
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 190 0.14 1.74 $20.51 $42,670
Kansas City, MO-KS 190 0.18 2.32 $18.85 $39,210



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)
Santa Fe, NM 30 0.54 6.92 $20.46 $42,560
Wheeling, WV-OH 30 0.52 6.73 $9.91 $20,600
St. Louis, MO-IL 680 0.51 6.55 $17.89 $37,210
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 850 0.35 4.52 $31.72 $65,980
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.29 3.74 $26.54 $55,190
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 50 0.28 3.64 $18.67 $38,840
Burlington-South Burlington, VT 30 0.25 3.20 $15.84 $32,960
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.23 2.92 $15.85 $32,960
Dayton, OH 80 0.23 2.92 $21.08 $43,840
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 190 0.22 2.83 $19.24 $40,010



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)
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 850 0.35 4.52 $31.72 $65,980
New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 660 0.10 1.30 $31.20 $64,900
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 60 0.15 1.86 $28.21 $58,670
Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division 190 0.11 1.40 $27.14 $56,450
San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco, CA Metropolitan Division 300 0.29 3.74 $26.54 $55,190
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 80 0.03 0.35 $25.72 $53,490
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 60 0.05 0.70 $24.86 $51,700
Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA 50 0.16 2.01 $23.66 $49,210
Rochester, NY 30 0.06 0.80 $23.51 $48,900
Providence-Warwick, RI-MA 50 0.09 1.17 $23.43 $48,740

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 9.96 $12.77 $26,570
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 7.05 $16.67 $34,660

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 Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 9.96 $12.77 $26,570
Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 7.05 $16.67 $34,660

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 Wyoming nonmetropolitan area 30 0.55 7.05 $16.67 $34,660
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 9.96 $12.77 $26,570


About May 2015 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.

(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 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2015 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 30, 2016