Since the nature of job prospects is very diverse, the salary can vary
tremendously. Those employed in public sector research institutions and
departments have pay packages as per the terms and conditions of the government.
For non-research based jobs, the pay is generally good. Museums and libraries
pay a high salary for curators. Even working with NGOs pays quite well.
The focus for most anthropologists is more on their work rather than on
money. Those in international developmental agencies have even higher
remuneration, perks and other benefits. Corporate houses and industries
offer various fringe benefits other than salaries and allowances. Professors
and teachers in academic institutions also have good pay packages.
Though, initially pay packet in this field of work is not as lucrative
as other hot professions, there is a tremendous amount of satisfaction
associated with this profession. One can expect a starting salary somewhere
around Rs. 8,000-12000 per month. There also exists a stiff competition
among researchers working in the field of Anthropology for grant of money
from national and international funding agencies. Hence aspirants who
wish to carry out research in Anthropology must be well prepared. Many
foreign institutions support anthropological research in India as well.