Archivist - Federal Salaries of 2018
Pay Rates for "Archivist"How much does an Archivist in the federal government get paid? $91,790.80* *Based on the 2018 average.
Archivist was the 242nd most popular job in the U.S. Government in 2018, with 455 employed. The most common payscale was the general schedule payscale.
In 2018, the National Archives and Records Administration hired the most employees titled Archivist, with an average salary of $92,185.
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.
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 Archivist
|Agency||Employees Hired||Average Salary|
|National Archives and Records Administration||358||$92,185.36|
|National Park Service||37||$80,380.81|
|Smithsonian Institution (Exchange Sep Boards of Trust)||35||$90,087.66|
|U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum||5||$108,211.20|
|National Gallery of Art||4||$117,673.00|
|Department of State||2||$86,364.00|
|National Institutes of Health||2||$96,994.50|
|U.S. Secret Service||2||$114,254.50|
|Securities and Exchange Commission||1||$241,800.00|
|National Security Council||1||$89,008.00|
|Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center||1||$90,363.00|
|Goddard Space Flight Center||1||$90,350.00|
|Agricultural Research Service||1||$90,350.00|
|Export-Import Bank of the United States||1||$79,720.00|
|Bureau of Prisons/Federal Prison System||1||$101,641.00|
|Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service||1||$56,475.00|
|Bureau of the Fiscal Service||1||$93,821.00|
|Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement||1||$94,796.00|
Archivist Pay Distribution
The average pay for an Archivist is $91,790.80. The highest paid Archivist made $241,800 in 2018.
Common Archivist Payscales
|Payscale||Number of Archivist Employees|
|GS - General Schedule||449|
|ES - Senior Executive Service||2|
|EX - Executive Pay||1|
|GM - Emp Covered By Pmrs Termination Provisns||1|
|SK - Sec Emp Formerly Under Gs, Gm, And Ez||1|
|SL - Senior Level Positions||1|
|Starting Paygrade:||$33,903.00 / year base pay at paygrade GS-6, Step 1|
|Maximum Paygrade:||$143,598.00 / 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 2018
In 2004, the average pay for an Archivist was $74,549. Since then, the average pay has increased to $91,791 in 2018.
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