2017 National Museum Salary Survey

We are pleased to release the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey in partnership with the six regional museum associations (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Mountain-Plains, New England, Southeastern, and Western) and five state museum associations (California, Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia.)

The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey is the only comprehensive study of its kind for our diverse field. The full report is available for $100, or $60 for members of AAM and of the regional and state project partner organizations. Smaller “snapshot” reports for specific staffing categories are available for $20 each.


This comprehensive report was prepared and deployed in collaboration with the six regional museum associations: Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums , the Mountain Plains Museum Association (MPMA), the New England Museum Association (NEMA), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and the Western Museums Association (WMA), and deployed by five state museum associations: the California Association of Museums (CAM), the Florida Association of Museums (FAM), the Museum Association of New York (MANY), the Texas Association of Museums (TAM), and the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM).

The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey

Price: $100 / $60 for Members of AAM, State or Regional project partner organizations listed above

  • The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey includes salary data on 52 positions with in-depth analysis by gender and education levels of individuals, as well as by budget size, museum type, geographic setting (urban, suburban, rural), region, and governance.

Snapshot: Administrative

Price: $20

  • The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey Snapshot: Administrative is a segment of the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, providing salary data on the following positions: Director/CEO/President; Vice President/Deputy/Associate/Assistant Director for Administration/Operations; Deputy/Associate/Assistant Director for Programming; Chief Financial Officer/Controller; Business Manager; Human Resources Director; Director/Manager of Information Services & Technology; Administrative Assistant to Director or Department/Division Head; Office Manager; Chief of Security; and Facilities Director.

Snapshot: Collections

Price: $20

  • The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey Snapshot: Collections is a segment of the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, providing salary data on the following positions: Archivist; Curator A/Chief Curator; Curator B/Senior Curator; Curator C/Assistant Curator; Curatorial Assistant; Registrar A/Collections Manager; Registrar B/Assistant Registrar; Conservator A; Conservator B; Head Librarian; Librarian Assistant; Imaging Manager, Head of Imaging/Visual Services; and Photographer/Image Specialist.

Snapshot: Education, Visitor Services & Research/Evaluation

Price: $20

  • The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey Snapshot: Education, Visitor Services & Research/Evaluation is a segment of the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, providing salary data on the following positions: Educator A/Director of Education; Educator B; Visitor Research & Evaluation A/Director of Research & Evaluation/Visitor Research Manager; Visitor Research & Evaluation B/Visitor Research Associate or Assistant; Educational Assistant; Public Programs Manager/Outreach Coordinator; and Visitor Services Manager.

Snapshot: Exhibitions

Price: $20

Snapshot: External Affairs

Price: $20

  • The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey Snapshot: External Affairs is a segment of the 2017 National Museum Salary Survey, providing salary data on the following positions: Vice President/Director of External Affairs; Director of Marketing; Development A, Vice President/Director of Development; Development B; Major Gifts Officer; Grants Manager; Public Relations A, Director of Public Relations; Public Relations B; Membership A, Director of Membership; Membership B; Volunteer Coordinator; Director of Publications/Editor; Museum Store Manager; Functions Manager (Rentals/Special Events); Social Media Manager; Web Manager; and Graphic Designer.

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