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Alaska Museums Surveys and Data

Data gathered from museums surveyed around Alaska during 1984, 2000, 2010, and 2020.

Revenues (N=40)

Annual revenue according to budget.
Budget category No. of Museums Combined Annual Revenues
under $10,000 8 $24,488
$10,000 - $100,000 12 $557,099
$100,000 - $250,000 8 $1,261,302
$250,000 - $522,000 8 $2,857,705
over $1,000,000 4 $16,605,515
Total 40 $21,306,109

Sources of revenue

The following two tables show the percentage differences in sources of revenue between 22 non-profit museums and 16 public museums (municipal, state and federal). Two museums are excluded: the Heritage Library & Museum, which is a for-profit; and the Seward Sealife Center, whose budget figures are significantly outside the norm of other non-profits.

Non-profit museum revenue sources (N=22)
Admissions 14%
Governing agency 38%
Grants 19%
Membership 7%
Gift shop 10%
Other 12%
Public owned museum revenue sources (N=16)
Governing agency 64%
Admissions 14%
Grants 8%
Membership 2%
Gift shop 2%
Other 10%

Operating Expenditures (N=42)

Total museum expenditures by budget category.
Budget category No. of museums Total expenditures

under $10,000

8 $21,292

$10,000 - $100,000

9 $473,448

$100,000- $250,000

12  $1,870,572

$250,000 - $500,000

7  $2,518,839

over $ 1 million

6 $17,521,700

Totals

42 $22,405,851

Expenditures by category (N=42)

Percent of annual expenditures

Annual Expenditures

Salaries

Benefits

Goods/Services

Maintenance

Rent/lease bldg.

Collection acquisitions

Other

Under $10,000

45% 0% 11% 26% 0% 12% 6%

$10,000-$100,000

50% 9% 25% 3% 4% 1% 8%

$100,000-$250,000

58% 9% 20% 5% 1% 5% 2%

$250, 000-$500,000

57% 15% 13% 10% 0% 1% 4%

More than $1 million

41% 7% 14.5% 16% 4.5% 1% 26%

Expenditures by governance type

Expenditures by governance type
Non-profit museums $10,112,495
City/Borough museums $5,362,606
State $4,109,600
Federal $2,686,150
Other $135,000
Total $22,405,851

Salary Figures (N=33)

The number of museums contributing information for each position is indicated in the table. Figures are averages and job duties vary considerably.

Average salaries by size of museum:

Thirty-five museums indicated they had "full-time" directors, but only 20 provided salary figures. The other director salaries included in the table are part-time. "i.d." = insufficient data.

Average salaries by size of museum
Annual Expenditures Director (N=26) Curator 1 (N=23) Curator 2 (N=14) Office Asst. (N=29)
Under $10,000 i.d. i.d. i.d. i.d.
$10,000-$100,000 $14.50 $10.20 i.d. $8.99
$100,000-$250,000 $19.15 $14.30 i.d. $9.71
$250, 000-$500,000 $27.49 $18.68 $16.89 $13.64
More than $1 million $33.13 $22.50 $21.16 $13.58