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Head Librarian Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Head Librarian is $52,847 per year.
Head Librarian Salary (?
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$35,871 - $79,942
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MEDIAN: $52,846
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Head Librarian Salary (?
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$11.40 - $37.25
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,871 - $79,942  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,759 - $79,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.40 - $37.25  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$31,759 - $79,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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Job Description for Head Librarian

Head librarians hold the highest position in a library. They are responsible for managing the library, its collections and the library staff. Head librarians manage the library budget and policies including goals for services and systems. They manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand. They also oversee meta data and cataloging to increase resource discovery and use. They partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services. Head librarians also develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services. Head librarians can work in public libraries, school and academic libraries, and special libraries that help to operate businesses, museums and other organizations. Public librarians are paid with taxpayer dollars and well as any donations from the community. School and academic librarians focus on providing materials for students and faculty. Special librarians provide different resources for employees and owners. Head librarians are sometimes responsible for developing, enforcing, and revising the policies that are needed in every library. They are there to approve the policies and ensure that they are being enforced. All head librarians are required to have a degree in library science and in some cases are required to have a master's degree. Some head librarians are also expected to have a business administration degree as well as several years of experience. Being a head librarian can be a wonderful and exciting job. Librarians are people who help to shape the future and the world around us.
Head Librarian Tasks
  • Oversee metadata and cataloguing to increase resource discovery and use.
  • Manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand.
  • Partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services.
  • Manage library staff, budget, and policies, including goals for services and systems.
  • Develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%
Experienced
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National Average
$52,000
Mid-Career
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Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
72%
female alumni
 
Male
28%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 9%