Income and benefits
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for interior designers in the United States was $63,680 in May 2019. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,760 and the highest 10 percent earned more than $114,810. The federal government was the top paying industry, with a median annual wage of $97,850. This was followed by professional, scientific and technical services ($65,060), the state government ($52,780) and the local government ($31,450).
Autonomy and Flexibility
Like most careers, historians will have less autonomy and flexibility when they start out. For instance, when a historian is studying for their Ph.D or their masters, they will have less control over decisions and schedule. However, as a historian progresses through their career they will gather more autonomy and flexibility. For example, they may get to decide what topics to research and control the direction of the project.
Locations and commute
According to Zippia, the best states to be a Historian, based on number of jobs available and average annual salary, are:
- Nevada, where the average annual salary was $72,544
- Alaska, where the average annual salary was $110,706
- Washington where the average annual salary was $77,095
- Oregon, where the average annual salary was $78,322
- Pennsylvania, where the average annual salary was $69,539
According to Zippia, the worst states to be a historian are Vermont, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Florida.
The largest employers of Historians in the United States was the federal government, which employed 22% of all historians. 19% of historians are employed by the local government, 17% by professional, scientific and technical services and 15% by the state government. ,
In general, most historians work in museums, archives, historical societies and research organizations. Some historians will work as consultant for these organizations whilst being employed by consulting firms. Others will work as independent consultants.