How Much Does A Historian Make?

The work of historians may entail a lot of reading and scrutinizing of antiquated documents but it’s definitely not a boring profession for those who have an inherent love for history. The good thing about this profession is that the federal government is the highest employer of historians.

This means that historians who happen to get into the federal government can expect a stable job. Historians receive relatively good pay.

Average Historian Annual Salary

$60,990

The average annual salary for historians is $60,990 a year. Salaries start at $28,050 a year and go up to $102,830 a year.

Average Historian Hourly Wage

$29.32

The average hourly wage for a historian is $29.32. Hourly wages were between $13.49 and $49.44 an hour.

Stats were based out of 2,950 employed historians in the United States.

Does Your Pay Depend On Your Experience?

Executive Historian

$102,830/year $49.44/hour

(Top 10% of Historians)


Senior Historian

$80,310/year $38.61/hour

(Top 25% of Historians)


Mid Level Historian

$55,110/year $26.49/hour

(Median)


Junior Historian

$36,630/year $17.61/hour

(Bottom 25% of Historians)


Entry Level Historian

$28,050/year $13.49/hour

(Bottom 10% of Historians)


Historian Average Salary Comparison

Economists
$112k / year
$54 / hour
Political Scientists
$112k / year
$53 / hour
Industrial-Organizational Psychologists
$104k / year
$50 / hour
Psychologists, All Other
$94k / year
$45 / hour
Sociologists
$86k / year
$41 / hour
Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other
$80k / year
$38 / hour
Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists
$78k / year
$37 / hour
Geographers
$74k / year
$35 / hour
Urban and Regional Planners
$73k / year
$35 / hour
Anthropologists and Archeologists
$66k / year
$31 / hour

Top 10 Highest Paying States For Historians

Top 10 Highest Paying Cities For Historians

Historian Salary By State

Rank State Hourly Rate Annual Salary
#1 Maryland $37.93 $78,900
#2 Colorado $37.79 $78,600
#3 California $36.28 $75,460
#4 Virginia $35.07 $72,930
#5 New Jersey $34.98 $72,760
#6 Texas $32.99 $68,620
#7 Illinois $32.91 $68,450
#8 Georgia $30.77 $64,010
#9 Massachusetts $30.62 $63,690
#10 Michigan $30.38 $63,190
#11 North Carolina $30.30 $63,030
#12 Alabama $29.89 $62,180
#13 Idaho $28.59 $59,470
#14 Florida $28.51 $59,290
#15 Oregon $28.43 $59,140
#16 Pennsylvania $28.19 $58,640
#17 Ohio $28.08 $58,400
#18 Wisconsin $27.65 $57,520
#19 Oklahoma $23.09 $48,040
#20 Utah $22.92 $47,670
#21 Missouri $22.55 $46,900
#22 Tennessee $22.43 $46,650
#23 Mississippi $20.26 $42,140
#24 Indiana $19.30 $40,140
#25 New York $15.99 $33,250

Data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).

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