Browsing All Posts filed under »Archaeology the Profession«

Where are the US Federal Archaeology Jobs?

April 11, 2012


To go with my posts on US government pay and expereince for archaeologists here is a break down, by state, of where those jobs are: permanent temporary 01-ALABAMA 9 0 02-ALASKA 45 7 04-ARIZONA 67 4 05-ARKANSAS 12 0 06-CALIFORNIA 160 9 08-COLORADO 65 18 09-CONNECTICUT 0 0 10-DELAWARE 0 0 11-DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 36 […]

Distribution of Pay for Federal Archaeologists

April 4, 2012


To go with my post on pay for years of experience of federal archaeologists here is a break down in pay and number of federal archaeology jobs, both temporary and permanent. The data was gathered from FedScope. Only positions listed as archaeology 0193 are used, however there are several other archaeology based positions but sometimes […]

Government Jobs in US Archaeology

March 31, 2012


“Commercial archaeology jobs pay better than government jobs in the United States” Not sure how that saying got started but it is not 100% accurate. Using FedScope I took a look a look at pay for the US federal government archaeologists (only positions listed as archaeology there are several archaeology based positions but sometimes they […]

When the Baby Boomers Retire there will be Plenty of Academic Jobs- LIE

March 15, 2012


We have all heard the fable, “when the Baby Boomers retire there will be plenty of academic jobs available”. The sad truth is that this is not the case nor will it every be. Using the same data I collected on academics in archaeology I have graphed out by year when the current academic staff […]

Employment: Multidisiplinary firms vs. heritage-only firms

February 29, 2012


I originally posted this on the Heritage Business Journal here. I thought I would re-post it here in case anyone missed it. Also, included a comment that is relevant that people should read as well. In a recent HBJ post (17 February 2012), Christopher Dore reported that it appears that heritage-only consulting firms are losing market share […]

More Stats on How Much Assistant Professors of Archaeology Make

February 23, 2012


So more detailed numbers to go with the average salaries posted earlier– Unlike with other positions there is not a great range in the possible pay that an assistant professor in archaeology could obtain. The average is around 60k a year (all numbers are assumed to be full time employment) and the majority of positions […]

How Much Associate Professors of Archaeology Make- Breakdown of Stats.

February 22, 2012


In conjunction with the post on the average pay of a professor of archaeology and the additional statistics on full professors, in the United States, here is a break down of associate professors pay (assumed full time) to give you an idea of range in pay:   This is the distribution by individual associate professor […]

How Much Archaeology Professors Make

February 20, 2012


How much do archaeology Professors in the United States make? A quick google search will turn up lots of websites with horrible results e.g. $250,000 a year. The Society of American Archaeologists did a salary survey in 2004 that is probably the most accurate but now about 8 years out of date. Using the information […]

The Forgotten- Some Stats on the Adjuncts, Lectures, and Instructors in Academic Archaeology

February 17, 2012


This is the forth post in a series looking at employment statistics of academic archaeologists in the US. This post deals with the non-full time, non-permanent, non-traditional academic archaeologists such instructors, adjunct faculty, lectures, researchers(includes the occasional post-doc), etc. This list also includes the occasional lab manager and skills instructor. From information on the other […]

Professors of Archaeology- Some numbers on jobs.

February 16, 2012


This post deals with full professors in archaeology and is one of a series of posts dealing with academic jobs for archaeologists. If you want to know more about associate professors see here, assistant professors see here, or methodology used to collect the results see here. There are rouglhy 494 full professors of archaeology (plus […]

The Tenured Archaeologists- A look at Associate Professor Jobs in Archaeology

February 15, 2012


Yesterday, I looked at the break down of assistant professor archaeologists in academia. This post looks at those that have obtained tenure but have not quite reached the level of full professor. There are roughly 344 archaeologists in such a position (this is only for US universities and departments that offer archaeology degrees/concentrations/classes there are […]

Assistant Professors in Archaeology- some information on jobs.

February 14, 2012


Yesterday, I posted the number of archaeologists working in academia in the US and today I will look at the subset of Assistant Professors. There are currently roughly 260 archaeologist who are assistant professors working archaeology-based subject departments in the US (i.e. those that have classes in archaeology and degree concentrations in archaeology). For those […]

Academic Archaeologists in America- How Many are There?

February 13, 2012


It has taken a few months to do a head count of the academic archaeologists in the US but I have gone through the AAA e-guide and then personally through the websites of a little shy of 400 departments (anthroplogy/archaeology/other) (see full list here). Places were these numbers might be weak – archaeologists in departments […]

Heritage Business Journal Digest

February 10, 2012


If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should take a look at the Heritage Business Journal. It covers issues relating to the heritage industry and if you are an archaeologists chances are 98% of you will be employed by the heritage industry. It covers the world with correspondents in the UK, USA, Canada, […]

Field Technicians-Making a Living is now Online and Open Access

January 29, 2012


The article I wrote for the SAA Archaeological Record, Field Technicians-Making a Living,  is now online. I have not posted any pre-print copies online as the SAA Archaeological Record is Open Access. You can see the full issue, which has a great section on field school, here- If you have been following this blog […]

What does it take to get a Job as a Senior Archaeologists/PI – with 2011 data

January 16, 2012


To go with the post on pay for senior archaeologists in the US this post looks at what is takes to get such a job. Using the requirements listed in the job postings, same as the ones used to determine pay conditions, this post presents the results- What the graph shows is that there is […]

How Much Do Archaeology Senior/Top/PIs Make- with 2011 data

January 14, 2012


After going over pay for techs., crew chiefs, and project managers this post will examine pay for senior archaeologists e.g. top of the work hierarchy such as those in charge of an officer/region or owner of a company.  See previous posts for methodology. The results were, in $ per hr- As can be seen in […]

What does it take to get a Job as an Archaeology Project Manager- 2011 data

January 13, 2012


This post is a continuation of a series of posts exploring the pay conditions of different archaeology jobs and the qualifications need to obtain those said jobs. The data is collected from job postings- See here for more details on methodology. The earlier posts looked atfield tech positions and crew chiefs in CRM (North America). […]

Bad News for Irish Archaeologists

January 12, 2012


Charles Mount has a very interesting post on the current health of CRM in Ireland. I recommend you check it out-

How Much Do Archaeology Project Managers Make- with 2011 data

January 11, 2012


This post looks at pay for project managers/project directors/junior archaeologists/project supervisor (there are about a dozen different names for this position but it is really middle management e.g. someone who is in charge of excavations or the lab on projects but is not the very top person like the company owner or senior management). As […]

What does it take to get a Job as an Archaeology Crew Chief- 2011 data

January 10, 2012


After discussing what pay is like for crew chiefs/senior techs it would be good to mention what it takes to get such a job. For this I used the the requirements listed in job postings same as I used for pay rates. As with field techs there is over lap so some categories do not […]

How Much an Archaeology Crew Chief Makes, 2011

January 9, 2012


In this post I take a look at the pay for the position of crew chief/senior technician. The methodology is the same as before. This position is a weird one in that not every company has this type of position and it also tends to be a position seen in some areas of the country […]

What it takes to get a job in Archaeology: Technicians, 2011

January 8, 2012


While I was examining job postings to get an idea of how much archaeology field technicians made in in 2011 I also collected additional data on what requirements were listed to obtain a archaeology technician job (US only other countries to follow in a few months). The same methodology was used to collect posts. There […]

How Much Did Archaeology Technicians Make in 2011

January 7, 2012


The numbers are in for my annual examination of archaeology job postings in the US (UK runs on a fiscal year and will be ready in April). My data comes from the job postings on the websites yahoo group and (added for the 2011 numbers), duplicate posts between the two and multiple postings […]

2012 and Archaeology- Also why the Apocalypse is like your children

January 5, 2012


So with the dawn of 2012 lots of archaeologists have been making posts on blogs about how the whole 2012 idea is complete crap. This pretty much has to do with the fact that every time some one brings up the end of the world in 2012 they use some form of the phrase “… […]

Jobs in British Archaeology 2008-2011

January 4, 2012


An article of mine was recently published in The Archaeologists, which is open access but with a 1 year rolling wall were you have to be a member of the IfA to see it. The reason I published there was because it was open access but one year is a long time to wait for […]

By request- time between PhD and Academic jobs by school

January 2, 2012


This post is by request of the Anonymous Swiss Collector. A few weeks back I wrote about the average time between obtaining a PhD and a academic archaeology job in the UK, 4.32 yrs. The question was asked if these numbers could applied to individual universities to see if there was a difference between universities. […]

Review of iPhones and Archaeology

December 26, 2011


This review came from Peter Eidenbach via the NMAC listserve. I haven’t found it anywhere else so I figure I would share his thoughts here- iPhone on Archaeological Field Survey Several months ago, my daughter the lawyer signed the family up for a new cell phone plan and got me an iPhone. I hadn't imagined […]

More East vs. West Archaeology Pay

December 19, 2011


Last week I looked at why archaeologists in the Western half of the USA make more money then those on the Eastern half. I looked at some factors like size of states, population, number archaeology/anthropology programs available locally, etc. which had very low correlations with the pay patterns. What appears to explain what is seen […]

East vs. West- Why pay is better for archaeologists in the west II (government land)

December 13, 2011


Yesterday, I wrote about how archaeologists in the Western United States make better pay then those in the Eastern United States. I also looked at land size, number of archaeology programs available, and population of states to see if there was any correlation between these factors and pay; there wasn’t. Moving on to the next […]

East vs. West- Why pay is better for archaeologists in the west.

December 12, 2011


It has been pretty well documented that pay is better for archaeologists in the Western United States vs. the Eastern United States (see here for another publication on it, p.36). Lots of people have made guesses as to why that is but no one has actually investigated it. I figured I would test out some […]

List of Archaeology Programs

December 8, 2011


As part of a project between myself and Paolo at to create a list of universities that have archaeology programs I created a list of all USA schools that have an archaeology degree/anthropology degree with an emphasis on archaeology.  Now I am sure this is not 100% but it is probably close to 98-99% […]

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Field Techs- Redux

December 7, 2011


A few months ago I published a post “What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Field Techs” in which I looked at what requirements are listed on job postings (US only) on the website shovelbums. This  investigation was only for the year 2010. I decided to go back and look at trends over a […]

Elite Schools Lead to Academic Jobs- Fallacy or Fact

December 4, 2011


The other day I wrote about how quite a few people advised students not to go to grad school. One of the pieces I brought up, by Larry Cebula, has been (not sure on the write word- critiqued?) by Holger Syme  . It is a decent critique that presents a fairly good argument for going […]

The Flow of Ideas

November 30, 2011


The other day I mused about how certain universities dominate where academics get their degrees from and how this might influence the spread of ideas. Taking this a bit further I looked at the distribution of academics, in the UK, by decade to see if there were trends over time. Again, using the distribution of […]

The Crap Shoot that is the Academic Job Hunt or Why You Don’t Have to be Faster than the Bear, Just Faster than your Slowest Friend

November 29, 2011


A couple of blogs have been posting, and linking to each other, about getting an academic job- Open Letter to My Students: No, You Cannot be a Professor, You Aren’t the Exception, and Why Do Grad Students Think They Can Beat the Odds? The basic gist of all of these articles are that most students will […]

Where do Professors Come From?

November 28, 2011


In my last few posts I have looked at how long it takes between a PhD and an Academic Job both overall and by decade. As part of that same dataset I also collected information on where academic archaeologists got their degrees from. This happened to be a lot easier to obtain then details on […]

Not Your Fathers Archaeology- Time between PhD and Archaeology Academic Jobs.

November 25, 2011


A few days ago I wrote about the average time it took academics in the UK between receiving their PhD and getting an permanent academic job, 4.32 yrs,  but that was an over all average and not broken down by any other factors. I have since looked at these numbers by the decade in which […]

How Long Between a PhD and Academic Archaeology Job?

November 23, 2011


How Long Between when one gets a PhD and when one obtains an academic job in archaeology? Lots of people ask that question so I set out to find the answer, at least for UK based archaeologists. As part of looking at the number of staff positions post I also noted down years staff obtained […]

Studying Archaeology in Europe

November 20, 2011


The website “Studying Archaeology in Europe” went live a few days ago. It is part of a larger project, of the same name, that- … will improve the information and personal support available to students in order to enhance future international exchanges and experience, and potential future employment opportunities through the European Union. For […]

Canary in the Coal Mine: Will anthropologists be the first to go?

November 17, 2011


Dr. Janice Happer, an anthropologists herself, wrote a very interesting opt. ed. “Why Florida Gov. Rick Scott Was Right To Slam Studying Anthropology“. Which is quite a different response then other anthropologists to Governor Rick Scott’s comments. She does point out, as I have, that the numbers provided by the Department of Labour are crap […]

Breaking the Essay- Some additional tools and tricks: Screencasting

November 16, 2011


I wrote a couple of days back about replacing paper essays with websites and I would just like to spend a few more moments on that idea, mainly on the details. The problem with any time you deal with computer software, internet programs, or coding in general is that not everything works. Creating a paper […]

Help Build A Resource for Applied Archaeology and Cultural Resource Managment

November 15, 2011


I have been meaning to publish this for a few days now but as always stuff happens. I got a post from Dr. John R. Welch ,  at SFU, he and several other people are putting together a guide to research materials for applied archaeology and cultural resource management. The website is:       If anyone […]

Crowd Sourcing Archaeology Funds: Tip of the Iceberg or Passing Fad ?

November 13, 2011


Dr. Kristina Killgrove have just completed a crowd sourcing project to raise money for her Roman DNA project. This video explains what the project is about:

Hacking Archaeology Academia: Breaking the Essay

November 12, 2011


This is an idea I had, but probably I am not in the position anytime soon to implement it so feel free to use it and implement it if you can.

Measuring Cultural Resource Managment

November 11, 2011


Thanks to Christopher Dore for this poster that he and Sarah Herr presented at the 74th SAAs. It shows some pretty interesting numbers about CRM.

Good News- Number of Archaeologists Employed by the US Federal Government Goes Up

November 9, 2011


UPDATE- New numbers for the number of archaeologists employed by the US Government can be found here I did a little digging after my last post. Went to the US Office of Personal Management website and used FedScope to look up the number of archaeologists employed by the federal government since 1998. Here are the […]

How Many Archaeologists Work in the Federal Government?

November 8, 2011


Update- I have looked at the exact numbers up to 2013 in this post (Click Link). How many archaeologists work for the federal government in the US? One publications so far has looked at these numbers: Childs, S. Terry  2009 Commentary. In The SAA Archaeological Record (January 2009) Volume 9 (1), 37-39. You can access […]

Universities and Archaeology

November 5, 2011


“For most of them, in the end, what the university offers is not skills or knowledge but credentials: a diploma that signals employability and basic work discipline. Those who manage to learn a lot often—though happily not always—come from highly educated families and attend highly selective colleges and universities. They are already members of an […]

Archaeology & Anthropology Jobs Expected to Grow by 22% by 2018?

November 2, 2011


For a side project I have been looking at a lot of university anthropology department pages. As part of that I keep stumbling across this statement on department websites ” Overall employment of anthropologists and archaeologists, geographers, and historians is expected to grow by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018, which is much faster than […]

How Much Archaeologists Make- Senior Archaeologists and Up

October 16, 2011


What is the most money I can make as an archaeologists?

How Much Do Archaeologists Make- Project Manager/Director

October 15, 2011


Ever wonder how much an archaeologists makes?

This is Anthropology- A visual wonder

October 13, 2011


So in the last few days the World of Anthropology, and by default archaeology, in the states have been exploding with outrage over comments from the Governor of Florida saying that anthropology degrees are a waste of time. The whole story can be seen here at neuroanthroplogy (latest development- the good governor’s daughter is an […]

How Long Does it Take to Get a Anthropology or Archaeology PhD in the US?

October 7, 2011


Each year in the United States hundreds, actually around a 1000, people decide to undertake a PhD in all the sub-fields of Anthropology i.e. archaeology, cultural anthropology, biological anthropology, etc. Maybe you are considering undertaking such a PhD. What sort of time commitment are you looking at? The median time from start of a PhD […]

Funding Stats for Anthropology (Archaeology) PhDs- How many get funded

October 6, 2011


Thinking about getting a Anthropology (Archaeology) PhD in the United States? Wondering how you are going to pay for it? I can’t answer that for you but here is a break down of how other PhD students funded their studies

Show Me the Money- Funding Sources for a Archaeology PhD in the UK

October 5, 2011


Thinking about getting a archaeology PhD in the UK? Wondering how you are going to pay for it? I can’t answer that for you but here is a break down of how other PhD students funded their studies

Made a Ticker for Archaeology Jobs in the UK and Europe

October 1, 2011


Just added a stream in my Archaeology Jobs and Job conditions UK page. So you can now check out the latest job postings in Europe.

Updates and Great Changes- Embedded RSS feeds in Pages

September 29, 2011


I have been doing some autumn rearranging of my site.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Architectural Historian

September 27, 2011


This is the seventh and last post in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Lab Director

September 26, 2011


This is the sixth post (one more to go)  in a series exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.