Curators at a Glance

Projected Job Growth

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  • 2013
  • 2023

Average Salary for Curators

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    National Average
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Best States for Curators

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
District of Columbia 250 $63,620 $31
Rhode Island 100 $57,550 $28
Wyoming 70 $49,410 $24

Becoming a Curator

Most museums require that curators hold a master's degree in the museum's specialty, be it art, history, or archeology, museum studies, or in the curator's respective area of expertise. Natural history and science museums may favor candidates with a doctoral degree. In smaller museums, curator jobs may be available to candidates with a bachelor's degree and previous museum experience through an internship or part-time employment.

Many schools offer high-quality on-campus bachelor's and master's degree programs in museum studies and art history. Online degrees in these areas are, as of this writing, not available. The Rochester Institute of Technology offers a bachelor's of science in museum studies with either a management or art conservation track. A sampling you may take in a museum studies degree program include:

  • Introduction to Museums and Collecting
  • History and Theory of Exhibitions
  • Fundraising, Grant Writing and Marketing
  • Conservation and Analysis

Although job growth is predicted for curators, the competition for those jobs will be strong. Museums will favor candidates with previous museum experience in collection management, research, exhibit design, or restoration. Employers may also seek out curators with strong management and public relations skills and a thorough knowledge of Internet and mobile technology.