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American Alliance of Museums, Six Regional Associations Partner to Produce 2014 National Museum Salary Survey

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November 18, 2014

Comprehensive Study Analyzes 51 Museum Positions on National, Local Levels

WASHINGTON, DC (November 20, 2014) − The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has partnered with the six regional museum associations (Association of Midwest Museums, Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, Mountain-Plains Museums Association, New England Museums Association, Southeastern Museums Conference and Western Museums Association) to publish the 2014 National Museum Salary Survey, the first comprehensive study conducted for the field.

Created to support decision-making by museum directors and human resource professionals, as well as those invested in managing their museum careers, the study includes data on 51 positions with in-depth analysis by gender and education levels of individuals, as well as by budget size, museum type, geographic setting (urban, suburban, rural)  region and governance.
The survey, compiled with data from 962 Institutions, also includes information about benefits and part-time employees, as well as some observations on employment patterns post-2008.

“The museum field has long requested a comprehensive, easily accessible salary survey, and it took the initiative and collaboration of the six regional museum associations to make such a study a reality,” said AAM president Ford W. Bell. “All of us are confident that museum professionals—regardless of their discipline or career stage—will find this survey a useful tool. And all of us at AAM look forward to future, productive collaborations with our regional association partners.”

The 2014 National Museum Salary Survey can be purchased online at AAM members or members of the regional associations can purchase the study for $60. The non-member price is $100.

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“While the museum field is becoming more united every day, it is by no means a monolith,” said Dan Yeager, executive director of the New England Museums Association. “So we wanted to make certain that the National Museum Salary Survey provides data that is of practical use, on both a macro and micro level, and we think we have met that standard. The survey should be of value whether one uses it from a national, regional or local perspective.”

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Guzel duChateau
Alliance Communications

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