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Peter San Said,
May 1st, 2011 @2:29 am  

If I recall correctly the average salary for a PHD was about 65k a year (much less for bachelors and masters). Its not great money but most people don’t major in it for the money.
A university professor can go on excavations when he is off from school (summer and winter break). Most professors do field work for many years before becoming teachers. And they would (in most cases at most colleges) start out at whatever the standard starting full time (if they are full time) professor salary is at that college.
You could also get a job in a museum. I can’t give you any info on the museum salaries becasue I don’t know, but I would imagine some big world class museums would pay well for a well qualified archeologist (but again I would imagine that field experience is preferred if not required).

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random6x7 Said,
May 1st, 2011 @3:13 am  

An archaeologist with a master’s degree can start working for the government as an archaeologist for around $40k at least. I’ve heard the private companies will pay more, but I’m a bit skeptical of that, myself. With a PhD, the government will start you at a few pay grades higher, although those kinds of jobs are much rarer. Tenured professors do just fine for themselves, particularly if they’re smart, driven, and lucky enough to write widely-used books.

If you are concerned about finding work as an archaeologist, don’t worry about a PhD. Those actually will make you less marketable with most jobs, because the companies or the government can hire a master’s for less for the same work, so why would they hire expensive PhDs? There are very, very few academic positions for the hundreds of doctoral graduates every year, and the vast majority of archaeologists work in the private sector or for the federal government. Look up cultural resource management. The high likelihood is that, if you pursue this field, that’s what you’d be doing. Bonus: you can also get jobs in it with just a bachelor’s, although those tend to be temporary positions.

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Endangered Said,
May 1st, 2011 @3:42 am  

Not a lot(but good enough to live on comfortably). Most archeologists work because they enjoy it, not because of the pay.

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