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How Much Archaeologists Make (USA, 2012, Project Manager)

January 21, 2013


This is the third part (part 1 on field tech pay can be found here, part 2 here) of the yearly review of how much archaeologists make in the US (again, apologies to Canada, not enough data to include you). This post deals with the position of project manager, aka project office, aka Principle Investigator, […]

How Much Archaeologists Make (USA, 2012, Crew Chief)

January 16, 2013


This is the second part (part 1 on field tech pay can be found here) of the yearly review of how much archaeologists make in the US (apologies to Canada, not enough data to include you). This is for the position of crew chief. Previous years findings can be seen here. Now, this is a […]

It’s not what you know, but who you know- The RESEARCH SHOWS

September 18, 2012


Today, I read this great article ‘It’s not what you know, but who you know: The role of connections in academic promotions’. It is a very short article about the role relationships play in obtaining a job in academia. I suggest everyone read it. A quick highlight- In a recent paper, we analyse the extent […]

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 […]

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). […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Principle Investigator/Senior Archaeologist

September 25, 2011


This is the fifth 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?- GIS Tech.

September 24, 2011


This is the fourth 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?- Project Managers/Directors

September 23, 2011


This post is a continuation of a series of posts exploring the question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

What Does it Take to Get that Archaeology Job?- Crew Chief

September 22, 2011


This post is part of a series of posts aimed at answering the question, quantitatively by looking at job postings- What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology.

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

September 19, 2011


Lots of new archaeologists/students/prospective students/archaeologists ask a very similar question – What qualifications do I need to get X job in archaeology. Lots of people offer advice but there is very little hard data out there. To rectify this problem I have gone out and looked at job postings

Academic Jobs in the UK- If you thought the US job market was flooded

September 9, 2011


As a companion to my research into academic jobs in North American I took a look at academic jobs for archaeologists in the UK.

The Job Market is Saturated with PhDs

September 5, 2011


“The job market is saturated with PhDs” I hear this phrase all of the time in archaeology. It would explain why there are 100-200 applicants for every tenure track position in archaeology. It may be true but I like hard numbers and would like to know what exactly a “saturated market” really looks like.

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (3)

August 18, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs, used so far in this review, (seen here listed the median life time earnings (40 hrs a week, 52 weeks a year, 40 years) by degrees is as follows: Associates: 25th percentile- $1,177,100 Median- $1,727,000 75th Percentile- $2,426,300 BA: 25th percentile-$1,490,600 Median-$2,268,000 75th Percentile-3,388,700 MA: 25th percentile- […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (2)

August 17, 2011


The Georgetown university report on degree payoffs (seen here listed the lowest life time earning (based on 40hrs a week for 40 years) by career for Associates and BA degrees, out of the 300 occupations it covered. They were: Associates degree- Teacher Assistants $9.40 per hr. ($782,000) Cashiers $10.81 per hr. ($899,000) Nursing, Psychiatric, […]

The College Payoff- Archaeology Edition (1)

August 16, 2011


Georgetown university just published a report on lifetime earnings of people by degree level e.g. some highschool, highschool, BA, MA, PhD, and professional degrees. You can see the summary and full report here:   They have a even shorter summary of 4 rules: Rule No.1: Degree Level Matters. But Rule No.2: Occupational choice can […]

Reinveting the Archaeology CV/Resume

August 13, 2011


A more updated post on resumes can be found here Archaeologists is unlike any other job in the world, yet we continue to use the same CV/resume template as ever other profession. {Note- resume is a North American term for a 2 page summary of your experience while a CV is a list, many pages […]

Numbers don’t lie but do they tell the Truth?

August 5, 2011


I have calculated what the average salary of a archaeology Field/Lab technician in the US based off of the inflation and job postings from the website (see figure). The purpose of which was to compare were salaries are now to what they should have been if they followed inflation.

A Culling is Coming

August 4, 2011


There are roughly three pillars of employment in archaeology (in order of numbers employed): the private sector CRM (cultural resource management) which deals with rescue excavations and surveys; the public sector CRM which deals with insuring that the private sector does its job and looks after public heritage resources; the last pillars is academics and […]

Crossing the Rubicon, Open Access, and Careers

June 18, 2011


Recently, I presented a paper at a conference and the hosts of the conference were looking to publish all of the papers in a special issue of a journal. Well the hosts managed to get a pretty “prestiges” journal to accept the papers as bulk publication, passing peer review of course. The problem was that […]

Best Class I Ever Took and If You Read Only One Book During University

May 1, 2011


Just saw this book review on It is for the book The Anthropology Graduate’s Guide From Student to a Career. Several years ago, during my undergraduate degree, I took a course Avenues to Professionalism which was the basis for this book. Of the 130+ credit hours I took to get my degree the three […]

Archaeology Consultant Jobs UK with BAJR data

April 29, 2011


The last of my Google maps of UK jobs have been updated with BAJR data, at least for the year 2010. Hope it is of help. As always this map, many other maps, and a description of the methods used to create them can be found here.

Job Map of the UK: Project Managers and Above

April 26, 2011


To add to the several other maps I have created recently, here is a map of Project Managers (and above) for the last three years now updated with BAJR data (2010 only). Thank you David and thanks IfA for the original data as well. See more maps here

UK Archaeology Jobs Map for 2010

April 18, 2011


After receiving some feedback of the earlier job maps I created (see maps here) I have made some changes . Apologies, to those who saw the first version. I am creating maps in Googlemaps which has a different view than those of the embedded maps. On my editing screen in look clean and straightforward but […]

Good News! Sort of…. and tens years late.

April 11, 2011


It is real easy to get very doom and gloom when discussing the living and working conditions of archaeologists. So it is always nice to find some good news, even if it is ten years late. Excavators barely get paid a living wage (debatable) and easily some of the lowest wages of those that go […]

They are Making How Much!?! That Can’t Be Right!!!!!

April 10, 2011


As of recent, I have been looking at the pay trends of archaeologists in the US and UK. There were two ways I could have approached this, a census (large sample no census gets 100%) or a sampling (small sample). With a census I could have sent out a massive mailing asking for information from […]

Is a IFA membership worth it? Revisited

April 9, 2011


As with everything you write, as soon as you publish something you read something else you wish you could have included. A few days ago I wrote about how I thought an IFA membership was worth the cost if you were looking for a job. Basically, I said- Different employers put different emphasis on different […]

Is a IFA membership worth it?

April 7, 2011


My membership to the Institute For Archaeologists (IFA) was just accepted a few days ago so the IFA is on my mind. If you are not familiar with the IFA it is a professional body in the UK a lot like the Register of Professional Archaeologists in the United States. You pay dues and agree […]

Archaeology Jobs, UK- Specialists

April 6, 2011


So to continue my work from earlier, see here, here, here, here, here, and here, I have made a Google map of the job postings for specialists in archaeology. There is a wide range of specialist jobs from radiocarbon dating to zooarchaeology. I have also made a webpage on how to find information on job […]

Commercial Archaeology Jobs, UK- Project Managers and Senior Positions

April 4, 2011


To continue with the trend of the last few posts here is a Google Map for Project Manager jobs in the UK. I should reiterate that locations are approximations e.g. I place a marker in London for jobs based out of London but do not actually put the exact location.

Commercial Archaeology Jobs, UK- Supervisors

April 2, 2011


So to continue with my last several posts I have created another Google map. This one is for commercial archaeology position of Field/Finds supervisor. If you are not familiar with the UK system a site supervisor is just above excavator and below field officer. It would be the equivalent of Crew Chief in the states […]

Excavator Jobs, UK

April 1, 2011


After my disaster with Bing Maps I am moving back to Google Maps. Here is a map of excavator jobs in the UK between 2008-2010.

The Battle: Archaeologists vs. other Archaeologists

March 24, 2011


So this is inspired by an earlier post on Johan Normark’s blog Why Heritage Studies needs you. He posted this video- The video was interesting but what really caught my eye was the comment below.