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Head Librarian Salary

With slightly less than two-thirds of Head Librarians in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Head Librarians is $53K per year and can range from $33K on the lower end to $77K per year near the higher end. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Head Librarians making up 76 percent. For the most part, Head Librarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$36,677 - $77,798
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MEDIAN: $52,589
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National Salary Data

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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,677 - $77,798  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
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$32,528 - $77,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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Hourly Rate
$11.05 - $28.34  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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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$32,528 - $77,029  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $43K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $50K. Head Librarians bring in $55K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Head Librarians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $60K.

Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%