In this post, I will discuss one of the biggest issues in the museum world...salaries!
Museums have this vicious cycle of requiring their employees to be highly skilled and educated people but then turning around and paying them 30K a year. When I say highly educated...I mean PhD preferred. Museums are non-profits and because of this they believe that employees should consider themselves "lucky" to work there. This means long hours, little pay, and few benefits. It's a messed up mentality. If you are considering a career in museums or are already in the field, please don't allow this low salary cycle to continue. Fight for higher pay. Counter those offers (use AAM's salary survey to back your ask up). Know your worth.
Museums should not hire additional staff if they cannot afford to give them a decent, living wage. That is the bottom line.
As someone who was just offered a job at a great museum for a very low salary, I know I will be countering them with the AAM salary survey and tax brackets.