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Languages, Information and Culture

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Cultural heritage 

Archaeologists may earn from around £15,500 to £23,000. A senior archaeologist may earn up to £30,000.

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, and exhibition heads at national galleries may earn around £60,000 or more.

Conservators/restorers may earn about £21,000 a year and with professional accreditation (PACR) or considerable experience may earn up to £27,000 a year.  Senior conservators/restorers may earn £36,000 or more.

Museum assistants/technicians may earn from £14,500 to £16,000 a year. Experienced museum assistants (usually with a relevant degree or postgraduate qualification) are likely to earn between £19,500 and £23,500 a year. Those with considerable experience may earn up to £31,000 a year.

Museum visitor services assistants may earn from £14,500 to £16,000 a year and up to £19,000 with experience.

Museum/art gallery curators may earn from £16,000 to £19,000 a year and up to £23,500 with experience. With specific expertise, curators may earn up to £31,000, potentially reaching £36,000 for a senior curator.

Information

Archivists may earn around £22,000 a year and  £27,000 with experience.Senior archivists with specialist knowledge can earn from around £35,800 up to £60,000.

 Information Scientists may earn from around £19,000 to £27,750 a year. With experience, information scientists may earn up to £40,000 a year. Senior information scientists with substantial experience may earn up to £72,000.

 Librarians may earn  between £19,427 and £23,473 a year. Experienced librarians (who have held Chartered status for two to five years) may earn between £23,473 and £29,714. Librarians with management responsibilities should earn £33,228 to £50,000 or more.

 Library Assistants may start from around £16,000 a year. Experienced assistants may earn from around £18,000. Senior assistants may earn from £20,000 upwards.

Languages

Interpreters working in-house start from between £18,000 and £26,000 a year. With experience, earnings may rise to around £35,000. Senior interpreters working for major institutions, such as the European Union or United Nations, may earn up to £60,000.

Most interpreters work freelance, agreeing set fees with employers. These may range from £200 to £700 per day.

Language service professionals are mainly self-employed, charging by the day or half-day. Rates vary from around £15 to £35 an hour. If employed, typical starting salary could be around £20,000 a year. With experience, around £25,000 to £35,000 is possible. The most experienced BSL/English interpreters can earn over £45,000.

 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. Senior translators for major organisations can earn up to £60,000.

Most translators are freelance, and negotiate their own rates. Fees may range from £60 to £130 per 1,000 words translated, depending on the language and the subject.