Archivist - Federal Salaries of 2021
Pay Rates for "Archivist"How much does an Archivist in the federal government get paid? $104,139.01* *Based on the 2021 average.
Archivist was the 248th most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2021, with 423 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2021, the National Archives and Records Administration hired the most employees titled Archivist, with an average salary of $106,554.
Government Archivist jobs are classified under the General Schedule (GS) payscale. The minimum paygrade for a Archivist 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.
This occupation includes positions which involve professional archival work in appraising, accessioning, arranging, describing, preserving, publishing or providing reference service from public records and historic documents. This work requires a professional knowledge of archival principles and techniques, professional knowledge of history, and a thorough understanding of the needs, methods and techniques of scholarly research.
Agencies that have hired an Archivist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|National Archives and Records Administration||327||$106,554.20|
|Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust)||37||$96,384.14|
|National Park Service||33||$82,974.58|
|U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum||6||$114,138.00|
|Agricultural Research Service||3||$91,574.33|
|National Gallery of Art||3||$145,698.00|
|Goddard Space Flight Center||2||$91,106.00|
|U.S. Secret Service||2||$129,613.00|
|National Institutes of Health||2||$100,680.00|
|Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center||1||$103,948.00|
|Securities and Exchange Commission||1||$257,300.00|
|Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars||1||$60,129.00|
|Department of State||1||$98,827.00|
|Bureau of the Fiscal Service||1||$101,471.00|
|Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System||1||$88,492.00|
|Food and Drug Administration||1||$87,198.00|
|Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service||1||$66,396.00|
Archivist Pay Distribution
The average pay for an Archivist is $104,139.01. The highest paid Archivist made $257,300 in 2021.
Common Archivist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Archivist Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||420|
|EX - Executive Pay||1|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||1|
|SK - Non-supervisorty Postions Employed By The Securities And Exchange Commission (sec) And Formerly Under Gs Pay||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$36,070.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$152,771.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-15, Step 10|
|Category:||Professional and Scientific|
|Occupation Family:||1400 LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES GROUP|
Other Jobs at the GS-6 Paygrade
GS-6 is the starting paygrade for Archivist 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|
|Geology||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Grants Management||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
|Electrical Engineering||Professional and Scientific||GS-6||GS-15|
|Management and Program Clerical and Assistance||Clerical and Administrative Support||GS-1||GS-9|
|Language Specialist||Administrative and Management||GS-4||GS-15|
Average Archivist Pay Trend from 2004 to 2021
In 2004, the average pay for an Archivist was $74,549. Since then, the average pay has increased to $104,139 in 2021.
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