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The U.S. Department of Labor reports that biological scientists, including ethnoscientists, earned a median annual salary of $75,150 in May 2015. The top paid 10 percent earned $112,820, and the lowest paid 10 percent earned $41,740. Anthropologists and archaeologists had median annual earnings of $61,220, while historians earned a median salary of $55,800. Postsecondary teachers received mean annual earnings of $77,480. Salaries for college professors ranged from less than $23,100 for the lowest 10 percent to more than $124,000 for the highest 10 percent during that same year. Most ethnoscientists don't enter the field because they want to get wealthy, but because they believe the field is fascinating and because it allows them to interact with different cultures.

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