Volume 19, Number 8
Income Figures from AIC Membership Survey
The January issue of the AIC News reported the
detailed results of its membership survey, which covered income and
benefits. The page that summarized the income figures in a series of
- Most of those under 30 years of age make less than $25,000
a year, while most of those in all other age brackets make $25,000-$50,000.
- Most of those making over $50,000 a year work for a commercial
firm. Most of those earning under $25,000 a year are either self-employed
or serving as interns or fellows.
- A larger proportion of self-taught members make over $50,000
than either those with a graduate degree or those who learned
by apprenticeship. However, in all three educational categories,
most make $25,000 to $50,000 a year.
- Paintings conservators are twice as likely as any other group
to make over $50,000 a year; but book and paper conservators (which
includes art on paper) are next most likely; 15% of them are in
that income category. At the other end of the scale, textile
conservators have the largest proportion of their numbers in the
under-$25,000 category. Only 7 of the AIC members in research
and technical studies responded; 3 of them made under $25,000
a year. This is probably not a representative sample, since 49
members are listed under "Natural Science" in the AIC
- Over 1/4 of the fellows, as well as 1/4 of associates and
professional associates, learned by apprenticeship. Two-thirds
of the fellows and professional associates have a graduate program
degree. Nineteen percent of associates are self-taught; fellows
come next with 7%, and PAs last with 3%.
- Individual conservators generally charge up to $600 a day;
26% charge less than $300, and about 20% charge $300-$400; another
20% $400-$500, and another 20% $500-$600; 3 individual respondents
charge $1000 or more per hour. Institutional conservators' rates
are about $150/hour higher as a rule, but none of them are in
the $1000/hour category.