Salary is one factor that leads to overall satisfaction in a career.

After graduation, archaeology graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $83,568, while the bottom 20% make closer to $24,285. The median grad salary is $45,050.

Archaeology graduate salaries over time

The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in archaeology is $34,775, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $39,326.

This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:

Wage ($USD)

Wage Range Median Wage

Years of work experience

Highest paying jobs for archaeology graduates

The highest paying career for archaeology graduates is archaeologist, with top salaries averaging around $66,810.

Highest Paying Careers

Avg Pay (USD)

As per most recent US census

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