Hi Museos. Okay, so here is the moment you’ve been waiting for. I am going to start with just our full time museos as far as salary analysis.
Let me explain one assumption I had to make, as this affects the results. For people who reported their exact salary, we used that number. For everyone else, we used the middle number of the range. In actuality, this does not make a huge difference in our calculations (I recalculated based on using the low- and high-ends of the range, just to check). The difference on either side is about $2,700.
That said, let’s get down to our very first, simple analysis.
For full time museos (n=99)
Mean (average) Salary: $40,360.76
Standard Deviation: $23,426
Mode (most often occurring) Salary: $30-35,000
Median (number in the middle of the data set): $34,250
Range, or the infamous "Wage Discrepancy"
(difference between lowest reported exact salary and highest reported exact salary): $94,102.50
So what does this all mean in plain English?
1 – the average salary is about $40,000. That is for respondents ranging from just starting out to working for less than a year up to 34 years, people. THAT IS INSANELY LOW considering that range of time working. Think about it for a minute… think about the fact that some people are making over $100,000 (as seen above). That should pull up the average. It IS pulling it up. To a mere $40,000.
2 – The most often reported salary is somewhere between $30-35,000. That is $5-10,000 below the average salary. You do the math. Museos are more often paid less than the average salary.
3 – The median of our data set is $34,250, which makes sense. That means if you were to lay out all the reported salaries in a row, the middle number would be $34,250, with half the people making more than that and half the people making less than that. NOTICE: our median is ~$6,000 below our average. That means there are more people earning below average than above average.
4 – The ‘wage discrepancy’ which was the inspiration behind the whole salary survey is HUGE. $94,102.50. That is the difference between our top earner and our lowest earner.
5 – Take a moment and look at yourself in the mirror, seriously. Are you hoping/expecting that someday you will be up in that top 10% (which is, interestingly, making more than $57,000 – only 10% of those we surveyed make more than that!!!)? Do you think that staying quiet, keeping your head down, doing more work and getting paid less will get you there?
Or is it time to start a revolution?
Conclusions: There is a big difference between high pay and low pay in museums. More people are earning below the average salary than above it. The average salary for a museo is not that high, really.
Comments? Are you surprised? Not? Do you agree or disagree with these results? Remember, this is meant to be a starting point for our analysis, so never fear, more details to come!