Head Librarian Salary

Just below two-thirds of Head Librarians in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $33K to $76K per year, and the average comes out to $53K annually. For the most part, Head Librarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Head Librarians making up 76 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$37,589 - $76,840
(Median)
$38K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,659
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$10.05 - $36.12
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$24
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,589 - $76,840  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$33,084 - $76,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $36.12  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,106  
   
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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$33,084 - $76,438  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13

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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.


Head Librarians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Head Librarians make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $61K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 9%