Assistant Librarian Salary
Earnings for Assistant Librarians in the United States come in at around $12.40 per hour on average. Most Assistant Librarians survey respondents are women (77 percent). Health benefits are not claimed by all — just under a third lack any form of coverage — but the larger part have medical insurance, and a little more than half have dental, too. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Assistant Librarians. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Job Description for Assistant Librarian
Assistant librarians are tasked with assisting a chief or head librarian and help individuals throughout the library to find books or other reading and research materials. They must be knowledgeable of the library's book coding and filing systems, and some also assist teachers and professors when employed in a school or university setting.Read More...
It is not uncommon for assistant librarians to hold small classes in primary and secondary school settings, and the classes taught often pertain to how to conveniently locate books and other materials within the library. Assistant librarians may be encouraged to do clerical work such as filing information, answering phones, and responding to emails, and some also oversee the work of subordinates who work or volunteer within the library. Sometimes, they may also assist in or be responsible for hiring and terminating other employees.
Assistant librarians work in an indoor setting, and some travel may be necessary to obtain reading or research materials at other libraries or branches. An associate's degree is often a minimum requirement for this position, and some libraries may require a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Strong communication and organizational skills are also important for this position.
Assistant Librarian Tasks
- Assist patrons with finding resources and locating books.
- Check books in and out of the library.
- Assist librarian with circulation, cataloguing and clerical duties.
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Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Librarian
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $31K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. Assistant Librarians who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $40K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $41K.