SAA19 Archivist Salary Transparency Open Spreadsheet (updated March 2021)
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Employer Name (if different from institutional name)Institution nameRoleGross Salary $USDAfter tax salary $USDCurrent student debt $USDJob StatusJob hoursType of institutionCity in U.S.State in U.S.Outside US (region/ dept /etc)Years of relevant work# Vacation days per yr# Sick days per yrMedical offered? (check IF YES)Retirement offered? (check IF YES)Paid Parental Leave? (check IF YES)Professional Development Funding (check IF YES)Matching or pension $USDAre you unionized?Other Benefits
Bionetics (Gov't Contractor)NASA Ames Research CenterArchivist$69,000.00Reneweable ContractFull timeFederal Gov'tMountain ViewCA3Accrues 6 hrs/month (10 days/year)accrues 6 hrs/monthnoFree use of gym on site, access to science lectures that are not open to the general public (unless they have a visitor's pass); I think there is an option to retain a lawyer for personal use, for a monthly fee; limited professional development funding, if requested and approved before annual budget begins (in my case, I negotiated funding for the Society of California Archivists Conference)
Bridgeport Public LibraryBridgeport History CenterAssistant Archivist$23,145.72$0PermanentPart timeOtherBridgeportCT500No
Butler Center for AR StudiesCentral AR Library SystemArchivist$39,124.80$29,770$72,000PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tLittle RockAR528General PTO (No discrepency)7% employer contribution 403b, no required matchNoDental, vision, life, sick leave pool, free Arts Center Membership, other local discounts, free downtown parking
California State UniversityUniversity LibraryHead Special Collections 82,000 + 5000 stipend$20,000PermanentFull timeAcademicCA82412Pension $2k/monthYesdental, vision, tuition waiver, life, ADD, alternative work schedule, work from home, 13 paid holidays + 1 personal holiday
California State UniversityAssociate Librarian-Archivist$104,900.00$71,250$0PermanentFull timeAcademicCalifornia202412Yesdental, vision, income protection, voluntary retirement savings plans, leave programs, fee waiver programs, life insurance programs.
California State UniversitySan Jose StateSpecial Collections Librarian$69,348.00$62,245$0TemporaryPart timeAcademicSan JoseCalifornia614not suredental, vision, life insurance; fee waiver programs, discounts on university-related things
California State UniversityVisiting Librarian-Archivist$68,748.00$45,822$55,000Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicCalifornia42412PensionYesincome protection, voluntary retirement savings plans, leave programs, fee waiver programs, life insurance programs, early retirement program.
California State UniversityHumboldt State UniversitySpecial Collections Librarian$57,000.00$55,000TemporaryFull timeAcademicArcataCalifornia22412Yesdental, vision, income protection, voluntary retirement savings plans, leave programs, fee waiver programs, life insurance programs, early retirement program.
Cate SchoolCate SchoolConsulting Archivist$4,750.00$0TemporaryPart timeAcademicCarpinteriaCA400No
CBSDocuments Coordinator$51,280.00$0PermanentFor Profit IndustryLos AngelesCA81534% matchingno
City of AustinAustin History CenterRecords Analyst$53,000.00$40,000PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tAustinTX8
City of DenverDenver Public LibrarySpecial Collections Manager$98,000.00$9,000PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tDenverCO2218 PTO14%, employee contribution 8%noDiscounted transit pass
City of DenverDenver Public LibraryArchivist/Librarian$49,655.00$44,650$18,000Reneweable ContractFull timeOther Gov'tDenverCO520No
City of SacramentoArchivist$69,677.00$0PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tSacramentoCalifornia41212PensionYes
City of Wolverhampton CouncilWolverhampton City ArchivesArchivist $47,400.00PermanentOther Gov'tostonWest Midlands, UK19300yes
Commonwealth of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania State ArchivesArchivist$51,286.00$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tHarrisburgPA3Pensionyes
CUNYLaGuardia Community CollegeProcessing Archivist$65,029.00$28,000PermanentFull timeAcademicNew YorkNY615 +1 day for each year worked208% match for first 7 years, 10% match after the 7 year mark for the investment ORP account option. Between 3%-6% for pension plan based on salaryyestuition waviers, pre-tax transportation payment plan for MTA, vision, dental,
CUNYCUNY LaGuardia Community CollegeProcessing Archivist$65,028.00$28,000PermanentFull timeAcademicNew YorkNY6
Emory UniversityRose LibraryInterim Head of Manuscript Processing$71,988.00$54,302PermanentAcademicAtlantaGA12249% matchNoTuition remission, dental and vision offered, short and long term disability, life insurance
Emory UniversityRose LibraryAccessioning Archivist6165048798.694880.32PermanentFull timeAcademicAtlantaGA624Employer contributes 6% and matches up to 2% of salaryNo
Sick days is empty because we essentially have unlimited sick days if we're faculty (librarians). Staff earn one/month. Courtesy Scholarship (aka Employer Tuition Assistance) for Emory courses and Tuition Reimbursement for non-Emory courses. Courtesy Scholarship can be used for five credit hours/semester (i.e. not two full courses, which is what most part-time students take) and because it is Employer Tuition Assistance, once you pass $5250 (the degree I got cost $1075/credit hour, which is $5,375 for five credit hours) the rest is taxed like income. Tuition Reimbursement last time I checked was something like $300/credit hour.
FProcessing manager$80,000.00$0PermanentAcademicNortheast72095% contribution, 5% additional matchingNo
Heritage WerksArchivist$52,000.00$0PermanentFull timeFor Profit IndustrySuwaneeGA818 (counting 5 rollover from last year)Counts as part of our PTOMatch 401K up to 3%No
Houston Community CollegeDirector, Records Management$81,500.00$127,522PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tHoustonTX101010NoDental, vision, and life paid by employee if opt-in; Life (additional) and A&D provided by institution; 22 paid holidays on top of vacation, includes Spring Break and Winter Break; Tuition waiver (for staff and dependents); regarding my student loan debt, it includes Undergrad and Grad
Howard UniversityMoorland-Spingarn Research CenterManuscripts Librarian$61,715.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicWashingtonDC4236% plus employee matchable up to additional 6%No100% tuition remission, very reasonable hospitalization and dental coverage
International OrganizationElectronic Records Archivist/Digital Archivist$175,000.00$137,560$0PermanentFull timeNGO (Non-Profit)292815Pension + matching for cash contributionNo10 paid holiday days, 1 day per year off for volunteering
Jefferson County, COArchives Program Manager/Archivist$74,414.00$0PermanentFull timeOther Gov'tGoldenCO101812MatchingNo
Dental, vision, life insurance, discounts with businesses, 12 paid holidays, employee assistance program, flex spending, disability, tuition reimbursement, wellness programs, cell phone reimbursement
Multnomah CountyMultnomah County Archivesarchivist$62,000.00$0PermanentOther Gov'tPortlandOR3432126% matchyesflexible schedule, paid holidays, free transit pass, dental/vision/mental health insurance,
NARAJohn F. Kennedy Presidential Library and MuseumArchivist$64,647.00$0PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tBostonMA1319.5131% plus 3% matchingYes
National Archives (NARA)JFK LibraryReference Archivist$85,400.00$75,000PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tBostonMA112013yespublic transit subsidy (covers my subway pass in full), merit increases, potential for performance bonuses, EAP
National Archives & Records AdministrationJFK Presidential LibrarySupervisory Archivist$114,759.00$0PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tBostonMA202013Retirement plan: up to 5% federal match; Pension: 1% of monthly salary (starts age 62)NoDental, vision, life, and disability insurance; pre-tax medical savings account; tuition support; sick leave fund; public transportation.
National non-profitDigital Asset Manager and Archivist$69,000.00$77,000PermanentNGO (Non-Profit)New York CityNY202415no
Oregon Historical Societyhistorical societyColl Mgmt Librarian$67,000.00$25,000PermanentFull timeNGO (Non-Profit)PortlandOregon152012matching at 5%some staff are; mgmt is not
PNASA Ames Research CenterLead Archivist and Configuration Management$69,000.00$0Reneweable ContractFull timeFederal Gov'tMountain ViewCA720Included in vacation days/PTO401k matching, 3%noFSA, dental, vision, gym, some professional development opportunities.
Presentation ArchivesArchivist$51,000.00$41, 935$36,000PermanentFull timeOtherSan FranciscoCA47 hrs per pay period4 hours per pay periodMatchingNodental, vision
Princeton UniversityUniversity ArchivesProject Archivist$64,000.00AcademicPrincetonNJ8No
private college Archives and Special Collections Librarian$53,000.00$36,000$87,000Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicupstateNY814no limit11% after a year of employmentno
private historical societyCurator of Digital Projects$60,000.00$0PermanentNGO (Non-Profit)LouisvilleKY823 PTONo
private special collections libraryReference Archivist$43,500.00$0PermanentNGO (Non-Profit)PhiladelphiaPA19289up to 5% matchNoHealth, transit, and dependent care FSA, release time for professional development
private special collections libraryDigital Archivist$43,000.00$32,000$0PermanentNGO (Non-Profit)PhiladelphiaPA410105% matchingNoCan buy transit passes pre-taxes? Dental
Public UniversityResearch Services Coordinator$32,116.00$22,20036000 (was 66k in 2014)PermanentFull timeAcademicMid-atlantic614, accrues per pay periodaccrues per pay period6% matchnodental, vision, life, tuition waivers
Santa Barbara Historical MuseumGledhill LibraryHead Archivist$39,375.00$0PermanentPart timeNGO (Non-Profit)Santa BarbaraCA403No
Santa Barbara Trust for Historic PreservationPresidio Research CenterArchivist and Librarian$22,400.00$0PermanentPart timeNGO (Non-Profit)Santa BarbaraCA400No
StaffmarkSAE InternationalConsulting Archivist$51,000.00$37,740$78,176Reneweable ContractNGO (Non-Profit)WarrendalePA3NoDiscounts through staffing agency
Stanford UniversityHoover Institution Library & ArchivesPublic Services Archivist$79,050.00$50,000$0PermanentFull timeAcademicStanfordCA520 + 3 PTO + 1 floating holiday = 2412Matching. If employee contributes 4% of eligible earnings, the matching contribution is 5%. There is also a basic contribution made based on years of qualifying service.No
Stanford UniversityHoover InstitutionExhibitions/Preservation Lab Assistant20/hr 38,000/yrapprox 33,000$30,000TemporaryFull timeAcademicStanfordCA2010nounsure
State Government (keeping the state anonymous) State Archives CenterAdminstrative Specialist (but do the work of a reference archivist) $21,886.80$70,000PermanentFull timeState Gov't7Matching
State Historical SocietyReference Librarian$52,000.00$9,000PermanentFull timeNGO (Non-Profit)81414YesNoPaid holidays, dental insurance, short term disability and life insurance, discounted transit pass, admission to historic sites,
State of ArizonaArizona State ArchivesElectronic Records Archivist$41,206.00$29,276$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tPhoenixAZ41812Pension, 12% employee contribution. Matched after 10 years.NoVision, Dental, Life, Disability
State of ArizonaArizona State ArchivesArchivist$39,900.00$25,180$16,000PermanentFull timeState Gov'tPhoenixAZ9131211%, match after 10 yearsNoVision, Dental, Life
State of ArizonaArizona State ArchivesLead Archivist$43,480.00$24,700$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tPhoenixAZ132115Pension, 12% employee contribution. Matched after 10 years.NoVision, Dental, Life, Disability
State of ArizonaArizona State ArchivesReference Archivist$34,000.00$29,823$30,000PermanentFull timeState Gov'tPhoenixAZ8variesvariesNoVision, Dental, Life, Disability
State of CaliforniaSan José State UniversityUniversity Archivist, Senior Assistant Librarian$83,290.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicSan JoséCA2Yes. I'm looking for the number.YesDental, vision, discounted transit, research time, relocation bonus. I think also tuition waived for a limited number of classes taken on campus that apply directly to the work.
State of California California Department of TransportationSenior Librarian$74,672.00$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tSacramentoCA4Varies depending upon length of service and if you choose annual leave vs. vacation 8 hours per month, unless one chooses to do annual leave program.PensionYesdental, vision, legal, public tranist subsidy, alternate work schedules, life,paid holidays, one paid personal day, berevement leave, two paid personal development days, reinbursement up to $45 for professional memberships. My department will pay for training classes, and conference travel if it's in California.Not all Departments with the State of California have the budget for training or conferences.
State of California California State ArchivesArchivist I$56,983.00$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tSacramentoCA0.5Varies (84 hrs to 168 hrs) depending upon length of service and if you choose annual leave vs. vacation8 hours per month, unless one chooses to do annual leave program.PensionYesDental, vision, legal, public tranist subsidy, alternate work schedules, paid holidays, one paid personal day, berevement leave, two paid personal development days, reinbursement up to $45 for professional memberships.
State of MaineMaine State ArchivesArchivist III (digital)$45,572.80$32,000PermanentFull timeState Gov'tAugustaMEaccrues per pay period 1 per month, increases over timeaccrues per pay period 1 per monthYesDental, vision, tuition waiver 2 courses a semester reimbursement
State of Rhode IslandUniv. of Rhode Islandhead, special collections (assoc. professor)$92,000.00$25,000PermanentFull timeAcademicRI162215403b, 9% matchYESTuition waiver (for dependents), FSA offered, dental, vision; misc. other voluntary benefits
State of TexasTexas General Land OfficeArchivist$78,596.00$54,437$0PermanentFull timeState Gov'tAustinTX1516.512No
State of TexasDirector$146,306.00TemporaryFull timeState Gov'tAustinTexas21matchingNo
State of VAVirginia Commonwealth UniversityProcessing Archivist$53,000.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicRichmondVA12248Matching at low levelNo; right to work stateexpanded dental (anything other than basic cleanings) and vision are extra. 4 days of community service leave, 4 days of Family Leave. Life insurance, tuition reimbursement for 1 relevant class a semester available. Bus pass, cell phone, gym membership discounts available. Sick leave does not accrue, can only carry over a limited number of vacation days.
State of VirginiaLibrary of VirginiaDigital Collection Speciailst$46,000.00$100,000PermanentState Gov'tRichmondVirginia5
State of WashingtonThe Evergreen State CollegeArchivist & Digital Scholarship Manager$63,912.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicOlympiaWA101412pension: employees contribute 7.9%, employer about 13% in my caseyesdental, vision, tuition waiver within institution, free bus pas
United States GovernmentLibrary of CongressDigital Specialist$112,000.00PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tWashingtonDC95% matching for retirement contributionsYes
United States GovernmentLibrary of CongressAssistant Section Head$99,172.00$65,422$0PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tWashington, D.C.191313Pension + potential 5% employer paid contribution toward voluntary TSPStaff - yes; management - noDental/Vision/Life, disability, EAP, FSA, book loan program, library programming, public transit subsidy, telework option for some staff, etc.
University of ArizonaCenter for Creative PhotographyAssociate Archivist$56,610.00$150,000PermanentFull timeAcademicTucsonAZ8228matching NoTuition discount (self, spouse, children), dental, life, etc.
University of ArizonaCenter for Creative PhotographyProject Archivist$35,000.00$28,267$60,000TemporaryFull timeAcademicTucsonAZ2118NoDental, vision, & life insurance. Tuition reduction.
University of GeorgiaArchivist III$55,080.00$0Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicAthensGA13accrue 14 hrs/monthaccrue 8 hrs/monthEmployer match ORPNoMoving assistance offered for some positions; tuition waivers for most programs; dental, vision, and disability offered; some positions have faculty rank
University of Nevada, RenoSpecial Collections and University ArchivesDirector- previous job$87,000.00$30,000PermanentFull timeAcademicRenoNevada132424matching at 14%no
University of South CarolinaA unit within Special CollectionsSpecial Projects Archivist$46,000.00$32,200$24,000PermanentFull timeAcademicColumbiaSC51515PensionNoDental, Vision, Life, Disability, EAP, free to crappy gym on campus, discount for nice gym on campus, free course per semester
University of Texas at AustinHarry Ransom CenterDirector$270,300.00PermanentAcademicAustinTexas
University of Texas at AustinBriscoe Center for American HistoryDirector$220,239.00PermanentAcademicAustinTexas
US GovernmentLibrary of CongressSection Head $121,098.00~$66,000$0PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tWashingtonDC2325+ (8 hours/pay period) not including federal holidays13Pension + potential 5% employer paid contribution toward voluntary TSPLibrary staff, yes; management, noDental/Vision/Life, disability, EAP, FSA, book loan program, library programming, public transit subsidy, telework option for some staff, etc.
US GovernmentNational Park ServiceCurator/Archivist (GS-11)$79,122.00$760PermanentFull timeFederal Gov'tMarblemount WA1020134% matching plus pensionnodental, life insurance, telework option if appropriate, EAP
VendorArchival consultant$90,000.00PermanentFull timeFor Profit IndustryNew YorkNY12155401k 3% matchno
West Virginia UniversityArchivist$70,900.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicMorgantownWV62418match 6%NoNon-tenure track faculty rank, tuition waivers for employees, life insurance, dental, vision, moving assistance for some positions
Winthrop GroupContract Processing Archivist$20-23 p/hr before taxesTaxes were not paid by employers; employees responsible for entire tax payments$100,000TemporaryFull timeOtherNew YorkNY400 (an employee could take a sick day, but they wouldn't be paid for those hours)NoNo
University of Alaska AnchorageAssistant Archivist$76,000.00$21,000Reneweable ContractAcademicAnchorageAK7214.62/pay period (accrues)I pay 8% of my income, they match 12% and pay another 7% into a pensionYesDental, vision, tuition waiver, 12 paid holidays
Archivist$76,000.00$57,000$100,000Reneweable ContractAcademicAK721~9 hours per pay periodI pay 8%, they match 12%, and pay another 7% YesTuition, dental, vision, paid holidays
Archivist$50,000.00$39,000$28,000TemporaryFull timeNGO (Non-Profit)AK31501.5% towards personal IRANoDental, Vision
University of Alaska FairbanksAssistant Archivist$25,000.00$0PermanentPart timeAcademicAnchorageAK1.5212.34/pay period (accrues)I pay 8% of my income, they match 12% and pay another 7% into a pensionNo, but represented by staff governanceDental, vision, tuition waiver, 12 paid holidays
private undergraduate collegeArchivist and Digital Librarian$49,000.00$0Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicBirminghamAL51212TRUETRUETRUETRUE4.5% match to TIAAnoDental, vision, life and insurance, free access to campus rec center.
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleDigital Projects Specialist$39,900.00$0PermanentAcademicHuntsvilleAL3139Nope this is AlabamaDental and vision, $50K life insurance, free tuition for employees for up to six courses a year, on campus wellness clinic, free access to campus fitness center
University of ArkansasProcessing Unit Head$61,382.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicFayettevilleArkansas722.512matching up to 10%Nodental, vision, life insurance; tuititon remission
Arizona State UniversityProject Archivist$55,000.00$38,000$108,000Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicPhoenixAZ52212Employee and employer each contribute 6% of salarynoSome tuition remission, dental, life, vision, short/long term disability insurance
Arizona Historical SocietyArchivist and Librarian$40,000.00PermanentState Gov'tTucsonAZ
Archivist and Librarian$33,000.00PermanentState Gov'tTucsonAZ
Archivist$60,290.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicPrescottAZ19 (11 in current position)33 (personal leave; varies based on years of service starting at 18 days, max is 36)n/a- Personal Leave used for both vacation and sick days403(b) retirement plan. Employer contributes 6% and will match employee contributions up to an additional 3.5%nodental and vision insurance, basic life insurance and option to purchase additional coverage, tuition waiver, 9 paid holidays plus 5-6 "paid closure days" (day after Thanksgiving, week between Christmas & New Years, and sometimes Christmas Eve), use of on-campus athletics facilities (fitness center, pool)
Arizona State UniversityDigital Preservation$63,000.00$110,000Reneweable ContractFull timeAcademicPhoenix areaAZ122212Employee and employer each contribute 6% of salaryNoSome tuition remission, dental, life, vision, short/long term disability insurance
Arizona State UniversityProject Archivist$46,661.00TemporaryFull timeAcademicTempeAZ51112NoQualified Tuition Reduction
California State LibraryDigital Archivist$84,500.00Reneweable ContractFull timeState Gov'tSacramentoCA12414No
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaArchivist$64,600.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicBay AreaCA8varies/flexible8 hrs/month3% after 1 year service, no employee contribution requiredNoIndividual dental & vision at no cost to employee
Stanford University LibrariesAssistant Director for Digital Strategy and Access$165,200.00$15,000PermanentAcademicStanfordCA152025%NoMany:
Stanford Medical History CenterHistorical Curator$101,105.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicStanfordCA122712No
Academic ArchivesInstruction & Electronic Records Archivist$111,000.00$0PermanentFull timeAcademicCA
Head of A&SC$108,750.00$72,744$7,000PermanentAcademicSanta ClaraCA17211210%no100% tuition remission for me, spouse, and dependents, both at parent institution and with select partner institutions; some discounts available on rental/car/homeowners insurance; institution is in the process of building affordable housing available to all faculty and staff (currently, faculty get priority and staff get on as-available & limited basis; note: faculty currently receive rental subsidies and downpayment assistance for home purchases); relocation assistance; continuing status (our version of tenure); can work from home 1 day per month; expected to work 8 hour days but technically if you're present for at least 5 hours it's considered a full day; usually receive 2-3% "merit" increase, but that's as close as we get to a COLA adjustment (our rent renewal, off campus, went up almost 9% this year); on-campus daycare (limited spots, and typically about 5% less than market rate); commuter benefits; some informal benefits; additional holidays at Christmas, 2-3 early release days (admin leave), such as day before commencement, Wednesday of Thanksgiving week; discounts on some hardware and software purchases
UC RiversideArchivist $96,266.00$25,000PermanentAcademicRiversideCA72412Pensions includes monthly retirement income, disability income, death benefits, ability to provide survivor income; vests after 5 yearsYes (UC-AFT)