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Mountmaker Salary Rates
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ian
Mar 28, 2021
Hi Greta, and everyone, I've been in recent correspondence with some other mount makers about this very issue (thanks for all of your help folks!) At the suggestion of one kind colleague, I put the results of an online federal (USA) pay database search for "exhibit specialist" (this category includes mount makers among other exhibit professionals) into a spreadsheet and found this: Exhibit Specialist pay for 2019 in the the federal service: ======================= Median 81.6k Mean 82.3k Minimum 42.1k Maximum 140.6k The median salary works out to about 39.24 $/hr. I know from recent personal communication that at two large non-federal public or quasi-public institutions in the USA (located on opposite coasts,) that wage rate lies in the upper half of the hourly wage scale for mount makers. The same sources say that some well-funded private institutions are paying a bit higher, but I don't have detailed information and it's often misleading to compare base wages. For example, the institution across the street might have health benefits worth an extra $4/hour, which works out to more than 8k a year (this is a real example). You can use the inflation calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics to look at the 2019 amount in 2021 dollars (https://www.bls.gov/data/inflation_calculator.htm) For example, 81.6K in February of 2021 is 83.79K This uses the nation-wide Consumer Price Index: If you wish, you can look up local inflation rates and apply those. Federal pay also uses a regional adjustment system; you can find out more about it here if you want to get deep in the weeds: https://www.federalpay.org/gs/locality See also this source for quick info: https://www.federalpay.org/employees/occupations/exhibits-specialist In addition: are you in contact with any other mount makers in your city or region? Perhaps you can drop them a line and and compare notes on hourly wages, health benefits, paid time off, etc? Perhaps we should all fill in that self-reporting google doc...or create our own survey?
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