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Head Librarian Salary

Head Librarians in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below two-thirds have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $53K per year, but may range from $36K to $76K per year. Most Head Librarians survey respondents are women (77 percent). Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Head Librarians. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$38,990 - $76,692
(Median)
$39K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $53,027
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$9.96 - $36.46
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$10
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$38,990 - $76,692  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$36,473 - $75,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $36.46  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
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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$36,473 - $75,575  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 12

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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.


For Head Librarians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $45K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $50K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $55K in this role. Head Librarians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $61K.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
15%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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