Having been one of the few PAID volunteer managers in the museum sector this isn’t actually a bad salary for this position. When I started in the museum sector, having had several years experience of volunteer management for a social care charity, my wage was $19, 632. I worked for a big local authority museum service that had $2000 friends and over 300 volunteers and placements a year, no policies or procedures and I co-ordinates all of them. I thoroughly enjoyed my job, met some great people and worked on some interesting projects but salaries are unfortunately ridiculously low.
This is not to excuse the level of salaries in the museum sector but unfortunately I can’t see things getting better in the near future.
Your comments and feedback have been much appreciated and thank you all for your contributions. The pay is in line with the Museum’s pay scales and other salaries and is also dictated by limits on funding imposed by historic circumstances/central government funding. The application deadline for applications has been extended to Friday 14 December 2016.