CAM has a long history of collecting benchmarking information about the museum field – much of it specific to museum personnel. As a matter of fact, CAM’s first survey on California museum personnel was in 1986 and we have been collecting data on the race and ethnicity of museum staff members and volunteers since 2002.

National Salary Survey - 2017
The 2017 National Museum Salary Survey is available to purchase through the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). CAM partnered with AAM, six regional museum associations (Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, Mountain-Plains, New England, Southeastern, and Western) and four other state museum associations (Florida, New York, Texas, and Virginia) to collect and release the survey results. The report includes salary data on 52 positions with in-depth analysis by gender and education levels of individuals, as well as by budget size, museum type, geographic setting (urban, suburban, rural), region, and governance. Smaller “snapshot” reports for specific staffing categories are available for $20 each. The full report is available for $100, or $60 for members of AAM and of the regional and state project partner organizations, including CAM. Contact [email protected] for CAM discount information. Please note this publication is sold by AAM, not by CAM.

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California Museums’ Diversity Survey Report - 2017

The Diversity Survey Report includes general statistics on the races, ethnicities, genders, and disabilities of California museum staff members, volunteers and board members. The report also includes comparable data from the U.S. Census and recommendations for museums. FREE for ENGAGE and LEAD CAM institutional members (contact [email protected] for discounts) / $15 for all other CAM members / $30 for non-members

2017 Diversity Survey Report


California Museums Salary Survey – 2015
The California Museums Salary Survey includes salary ranges for 40 positions in California museums, including data filtered by budget size, discipline, and population size. The results are based on a sampling of 107 California museums. Free for ENGAGE and LEAD CAM institutional members (contact [email protected] for discounts) / $15 for all other CAM members / $30 for non-members

2015 Salary Survey

For assistance in purchasing any of the items above, contact us at [email protected] or (831) 471-9970 x101.