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Archeologist - Federal Salaries of 2020

Pay Rates for "Archeologist"

How much does an Archeologist in the federal government get paid? $78,004.11* *Based on the 2020 average.

Archeologist was the 164th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2020, with 1,059 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.

In 2020, the Forest Service hired the most employees titled Archeology, with an average salary of $73,302.

Government Archeology jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Archeology job is GS-6, and the highest paygrade that can be attained within this job series is GS-15. Remember that the starting and maximum yearly pay listed above reflect base pay only - your actual salary will be higher based on the Locality Pay Adjustment for the area in which you work.

Job Description

This occupation includes positions that involve professional work in archeology, the scientific study of past human activities through the physical remains of life and past human activities. The work may include research, field investigations, laboratory analysis, library research, interpretation or consultative work, preparation of reports for publication, curation and exhibition of collections, or development and implementation of programs and projects which carry out such work. Such work requires a knowledge of professional archeological principles, theories, concepts, methods, and techniques.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions fall under this job category. Due to the growing focus of them STEM fields, individuals in this job category tend to advance more quickly than employees in the other job categories. Jobs in this category are being added quickly and many organizations have trouble finding qualified individuals. Individuals in this job category typically recieve pormotions of 2 grade increases at a time until they reach GS-12.

Agencies that have hired an Archeologist

Archeologist Pay Distribution

The average pay for an Archeologist is $78,004.11. The highest paid Archeologist made $193,790 in 2020.

Common Archeologist Payscales

Payscale Number of Archeology Employees
GS - General Schedule 1,044
IC - Employees Holding Incident Management Cadre Of On-call Response/recovery Employees(core)positions 12
AD - Administratively Determined Rates, Not Elsewhere Specified 2
SL - Senior Level Positions 1

Starting Paygrade: $34,649.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1
Maximum Paygrade: $146,757.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10
Category: Professional and Scientific

Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade

GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Archeology jobs. Here are some other Federal Government jobs that can be held by employees at the GS-6 paygrade.

Occupation Occupation Category Starting Paygrade Maximum Paygrade
Medical Records TechnicianClerical and Administrative SupportGS-1GS-9
Internal Revenue OfficerAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
Emergency ManagementAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15
PhysicsProfessional and ScientificGS-6GS-15
TelecommunicationsAdministrative and ManagementGS-4GS-15

Average Archeology Pay Trend from 2004 to 2020

In 2004, the average pay for an Archeologist was $56,791. Since then, the average pay has increased to $78,004 in 2020.

Data Sources

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The series code of this occupation is 0193.

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