Also, while students obviously are treated as slave labor in virtually every discipline, I see no reason to believe Egyptologists employed in academia make significantly less than other disciplines on average in the humanities.
However, I do recall that when Zahi was in his final days at SCA, there were photos of mobs descending on him in the streets, and the reporters claimed that the crowds were mainly comprised of the 12,000 unemployed Egyptologists that had been cranked out at schools within Egypt. I assume there's still a glut of Egyptologists in Egypt today. Many seem to have landed gigs at travel agencies to write information-packed white papers on the various sites. Many of these papers are about more obscure but equally fascinating sites. So rather than an employment in academia, they've found a commercial niche which is still productive. Not sure how much that pays though.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 28-May-16 15:06 by Origyptian.