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.


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Hi everyone,

Welcome to my blog. This will be about museum professionals, specifically working with museum collections, and what it takes to work in a museum. It takes more than education. It takes determination, tears, probably some blood and a whole lot of being broke. It's not glamorous. We don't get to go to parties like the Met Gala.

Did you know most staff don't get to go to that? They work their tails off all year...only to have a bunch of entitled celebrities have a big party, not even enjoy it to go and smoke in the bathrooms. Let's backtrack right here to that smoking incident. Did you know that cigarette smoke, while bad for humans, is incredibly dangerous to museum collections? It can cause SO MUCH damage. Yet these idiotic celebrities who are at this gala to SUPPORT THE MUSEUM COLLECTION, are causing it harm by smoking. Not too mention...fire hazard people. Let's smoke in a building full of irreplaceable art and artifacts! OH and it's illegal to smoke inside. So kudos to you Bella Hadid, Dakota Johnson, Paris Jackson, Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, and anyone else who smoked. You all should be ashamed of your blatant disregard for museums and the hard work of the people who work to protect those objects.

(Oh and I am sure those major fashion houses who gave you all those clothes were super thrilled to see you sitting on the bathroom floor).

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