Head Librarian Salary

With over one-half of Head Librarians in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $41K to $87K per year and averages out to $56K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Head Librarians report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$41,021 - $89,267
$41K
$56K
$89K
MEDIAN: $56,396
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$20.33 - $23.20
$21
MEDIAN: $21.47
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$0$89K
Salary $41,021 - $89,267
Bonus $10,150
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$40,649 - $87,499
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 52
Hourly Data $0$23
Hourly Rate $21.47
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $10,150
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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$40,649 - $87,499
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 9

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Job Description for Head Librarian

Head librarians can work for public libraries, university libraries, the Library of Congress, or school libraries. Head librarians are responsible for the daily operation of their library. They manage a collection of books and other media. They supervise library staff, library assistants, and library volunteers. They are also responsible for various administrative tasks. They are usually involved in establishing their library’s budget and employee’s salaries and benefits. However, large libraries may have their own human resources, which handle employee hiring, employees’ salaries and benefits, and other personnel-related matters.

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Head Librarian Tasks

  • Manage library staff, budget, and policies, including goals for services and systems.
  • Develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services.
  • Partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services.
  • Oversee metadata and cataloguing to increase resource discovery and use.
  • Manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand.

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Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

Pay by Experience for a Head Librarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Librarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 18 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Librarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Head Librarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 23 salaries. A Head Librarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 17 salaries.

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Key Stats for Head Librarian

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
▲38%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼10%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

People Management
▲6%

Reference Services
▲1%

National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 7%
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