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Languages, Information and Culture




  • Archaeologists may earn from around £15,500 as site assistants. A senior archaeologist may earn £30,000 or more.
  • Art exhibition organisers may earn around £12,000 a year. With experience, earnings may rise to around £20,000. Senior art exhibition organisers may earn around £35,000 (art curators often organise art exhibitions).
  • Conservators/restorers may start on around £18,000 a year and with professional accreditation or considerable experience may earn between £20,000 and £35,000.
  • Museum visitor services assistants may earn from £14,000 to £19,000.
  • Museum/art gallery curators may earn from £20,000 to over £36,000 a year.


  • Archivists may earn around £22.000 a year on starting but up to £60,000 if very experienced.
  • Information Scientists may earn around £22.000 a year and up to about £30,000 with chartered status Senior archivists with specialist knowledge can earn up to £60,000.
  • Librarians may earn from around £21,000 to around £23,000 a year. Experienced librarians (who have held Chartered status for two to five years) may earn between £25,000 and around £33,000.
  • Library Assistants can earn between £15,000 to £18,000 a year, or more.


  • Interpreters working in-house start from between £17,000 to £20,000 a year. With experience, earnings may rise to £25,000 plus, with senior interpreters working for major institutions, such as the European Union, earning much more. Freelance interpreters can set their own fees.
  • Language service professionals are mainly self-employed, charging by the day or half-day.
  • Translators start from around £18,000 a year if employed. With experience, earnings may rise to £30,000 for general translators, and more for those with a specialism.

Salary figures (Nov 2011) are taken from the Next Step website, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including your location, qualifications and experience.