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Archaeologist Salary

  Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Top Earners $87,500 $7,291 $1,682 $42
75th Percentile $74,500 $6,208 $1,432 $36
Average $55,055 $4,587 $1,058 $26
25th Percentile $40,500 $3,375 $778 $19
$12,500 - $19,999
3% of jobs
$20,000 - $27,499
0% of jobs
$27,500 - $34,999
13% of jobs
$40,500 is the 25th percentile. Salaries below this are outliers.
$35,000 - $42,499
13% of jobs
$42,500 - $49,999
24% of jobs
The average salary is $55,055 a year
$50,000 - $57,499
6% of jobs
$57,500 - $64,999
10% of jobs
$65,000 - $72,499
4% of jobs
$74,500 is the 75th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$72,500 - $79,999
10% of jobs
$80,000 - $87,499
6% of jobs
$87,500 is the 90th percentile. Salaries above this are outliers.
$87,500 - $95,000
5% of jobs

National Average

$12,500 $55,055/year $26/hour $95,000
Archaeologist Salary Comparison by Location
Nationwide
United States
$55,055
$4,587
$1,058
$26
Chicago, IL
$56,359
$4,697
$1,084
$27

As of Jan 11, 2021, the average annual pay for an Archaeologist in the United States is $55,055 a year.

Just in case you need a simple salary calculator, that works out to be approximately $26.47 an hour. This is the equivalent of $1,059/week or $4,588/month.

While ZipRecruiter is seeing annual salaries as high as $95,000 and as low as $12,500, the majority of Archaeologist salaries currently range between $40,500 (25th percentile) to $74,500 (75th percentile) with top earners (90th percentile) making $87,500 annually across the United States. The average pay range for an Archaeologist varies greatly (by as much as $34,000), which suggests there may be many opportunities for advancement and increased pay based on skill level, location and years of experience.

Based on recent job postings on ZipRecruiter, the Archaeologist job market in both Chicago, IL and the surrounding area is very active. An Archaeologist in your area makes on average $56,359 per year, or $1,304 (2%) more than the national average annual salary of $55,055. ranks number 1 out of 50 states nationwide for Archaeologist salaries.

To estimate the most accurate annual salary range for Archaeologist jobs, ZipRecruiter continuously scans its database of millions of active jobs published locally throughout America.

Find your next high paying job as an Archaeologist on ZipRecruiter today.

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities for Archaeologist Jobs

We’ve identified 10 cities where the typical salary for an Archaeologist job is above the national average. Topping the list is Santa Clara, CA, with San Francisco, CA and Fremont, CA close behind in the second and third positions. Fremont, CA beats the national average by $8,906 (16.2%), and Santa Clara, CA furthers that trend with another $11,552 (21.0%) above the $55,055 average.

Importantly, Santa Clara, CA has a moderately active Archaeologist job market with only a few companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these 10 cities having average salaries higher than the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as an Archaeologist appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

Finally, another factor to consider is the average salary for these top ten cities varies very little at 9% between Santa Clara, CA and Santa Maria, CA, reinforcing the limited potential for much wage advancement. The possibility of a lower cost of living may be the best factor to use when considering location and salary for an Archaeologist role.

CityAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Santa Clara, CA$66,608$5,551$1,281$32.02
San Francisco, CA$66,589$5,549$1,281$32.01
Fremont, CA$63,962$5,330$1,230$30.75
San Jose, CA$62,577$5,215$1,203$30.09
Alexandria, VA$62,115$5,176$1,195$29.86
Oakland, CA$61,900$5,158$1,190$29.76
Tanaina, AK$61,746$5,146$1,187$29.69
Wasilla, AK$61,746$5,145$1,187$29.69
Sunnyvale, CA$61,195$5,100$1,177$29.42
Santa Maria, CA$60,792$5,066$1,169$29.23

Top 5 Best Paying Related Archaeologist Jobs in the U.S.

We found a few related jobs that pay more than jobs in the Archaeologist category.

For example Contract Archaeologist jobs pay as much as $9,204 (16.7%) more than the average Archaeologist salary of $55,055.

Job TitleAnnual SalaryMonthly PayWeekly PayHourly Wage
Contract Archaeologist$64,259$5,355$1,236$30.89
Research Archaeologist$62,842$5,237$1,208$30.21
Field Archaeologist$53,577$4,465$1,030$25.76
Junior Archaeologist$52,743$4,395$1,014$25.36
Archeologist$51,826$4,319$997$24.92
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