Study the origin, development, and behavior of human beings. May study the way of life, language, or physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. May engage in systematic recovery and examination of material evidence, such as tools or pottery remaining from past human cultures, in order to determine the history, customs, and living habits of earlier civilizations.
According to the US Department of Labor, there are 7,500 people employed as anthropologists and archeologists in the United States. The median annual salary is $61,910. Entry level employees earn approximately $37,870 per year and senior employees earn approximately $99,830 per year.
Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.