Archivist | Average UK Salary & Outlook

Archivists look after and preserve collections of historical records and documents.

  • Organize archival records and develop classification systems to facilitate access to archival materials.
  • Provide reference services and assistance for users needing archival materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as document descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Establish and administer policy guidelines concerning public access and use of
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Archivists typically work around 38 to 40 hours per week.

As a Archivist you will typically work between 8am and 6pm.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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* from ONETonline
Average salary
27,375 GBP *
per year
20,000 GBP
60,000 GBP
5+ Experience
* data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
Average salary for Archivist

  • 25,675 GBP
  • 27,865 GBP
Average salary for full-time Archivist

  • 27,375 GBP
  • 27,865 GBP
  • 25,675 GBP
Salary over time for Archivist

Pay for this role has increased slightly over time
  • 28,589 GBP
  • 29,257 GBP
  • 29,287 GBP
  • 30,234 GBP
  • 27,875 GBP
  • 27,053 GBP
  • 27,375 GBP
  • 29,688 GBP
  • 38,248 GBP

Future outlook for Archivists

Balanced outlook
7 000+ jobs available
Very good outlook
4% yearly wage growth (on average)
Very good outlook
25% chance of automation in the future

Archivist - Your future job?

Which qualifications do I need?

Find out what you need to know in order to become a Archivist and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

In terms of people already doing this job:

  • 50% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent
  • 26% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
  • 22% of people in this role have GCSEs or equivalent

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • knowledge of English language
  • an interest and knowledge of history
  • analytical thinking skills
  • administration skills
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

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Things to highlight for your Archivist interview

Attention to Detail - This job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.

Integrity - This job requires being honest and ethical.

Dependability - This job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.

Concern for Others - This job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.

Cooperation - This job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

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