Standards & Practices

Salary Survey 2013

April 22, 2013

The 2013 Salary Survey is the twenty-eighth in a series of annual survey of art museum salaries issued by the Association of Art Museum Directors. The results of this survey represent responses from 233 of 278 museums surveyed—a response rate of 83%.

Among the museums surveyed were both current and former AAMD members. While the response rate of 83% enables this report to be statistically representative of institutions eligible for AAMD membership, one should not assume relevance to museums in other disciplines.

The Salary information derives from positions considered (a) professional and (b) likely to be filled from the national marketplace rather than locally. Comparative statistics on clerical, maintenance, and security are more valid when secured from within a museum’s own region.

The format of the survey reflects metropolitan areas defined as metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) and consolidated metropolitan statistical areas (CMSAs), and primary metropolitan statistical areas (PMSAs) as of April 1, 2000.

Salary information is based on compensation for FY12. Information is not presented for positions when fewer than five museums reported salary figures. Categories with no reporting museum are denoted by “n.d.” Salaries reported by Canadian art museums are reported in Canadian dollars.


The 2013 Salary Survey is available to download on your right. If you have any questions regarding the Salary Survey please call 212-754-8084 or email