Compensation for history

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Compensation for history

By: grabitsdm | May 11, 2010
Yahoo! recently presented a story on the Worst Paying College Jobs. Although one might expect to see "historian" on that list, there were ten others listed instead. So, plugging a few numbers into PayScale and setting it to Minnesota, the result was just above $51,000/year. PayScale also offers a free account, which might be useful in setting compensation at local history museums.

However, the PayScale result tendered does seem to be higher than reality. In 2006 the Local History Services Salary Survey showed that executive director salary was approximately $42,000. Still, another number is always useful to boards that wrestle with setting appropriate compensation to attract and retain talented staff.

What other tools do you use when considering compensation?