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Career Profile: Archivists

Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents. Participate in research activities based on archival materials.

Salary and Outlook

According to the US Department of Labor, there are 8,100 people employed as archivists in the United States. The median annual salary is $56,800. Entry level employees earn approximately $33,180 per year and senior employees earn approximately $98,990 per year.

Estimates do not include other potential benefits such as health insurance, overtime pay, or retirement benefits that may be offered by employers.

Job Duties

  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Authenticate and appraise historical documents and archival materials.
  • Specialize in an area of history or technology, researching topics or items relevant to collections to determine what should be retained or acquired.
  • Coordinate educational and public outreach programs, such as tours, workshops, lectures, and classes.
  • Select and edit documents for publication and display, applying knowledge of subject, literary expression, and presentation techniques.
  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of materials.
  • Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  • Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology.
  • Preserve records, documents, and objects, copying records to film, videotape, audiotape, disk, or computer formats as necessary.
  • Direct activities of workers who assist in arranging, cataloguing, exhibiting, and maintaining collections of valuable materials.
  • Locate new materials and direct their acquisition and display.

Career List

Job Outlook


Total Current Jobs:
8,100
Annual Openings:
1,000
Increase in Openings by 2030:
11%
Annual Salary Range:
$33,180 - $98,990
Education Requirements:
Master's degree or higher