In an effort to keep our arguments backed up with solid data, we return to the salary survey.
It is time that we revealed to you, Museos, how much the average museum salary goes up per year. There is good news, and there is bad news.
Good news: it does go up!
Bad news: it really doesn’t go up that much!
[Disclaimerzzz: Sample size was 99 full time people. We didn’t have responses for every year, so that explains the gaps between the dots. This chart goes through the first 25 years since that is where we had the most data, although we had responses up to 34 years in the field. There were too many gaps as we got farther along to really have the data be representative.]
The peak at 8 years is due to two of our respondents who have been in the field 8 years seem to have really high paying jobs. The peak at 25 years was due to there being few responses at that year, and they are obviously doing really well!
The trend line reveals the real rate of change of Museo salaries.
y = 1124x + 32764
For those of you who maybe forget what that means, basically it translates into saying that the average starting salary (the y-intercept) is around $32,764, and for every year you work over that, the average increase (the slope) is $1,124 more per year.
Except that our trend line is obviously thrown by those  people earning more than $100,000, our “outliers.” So keep that in mind. Look more at what the actual data looks like. For most people, the reality is far below the trend line.
Keep in mind for the future: a larger sample size will help us get closer to the truth. We hope that you will participate next year when we repeat our great experiment!