Head Librarian Salary

Head Librarians in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with close to two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $54K per year on average but can range from $41K to $78K per year. Women make up the vast majority of Head Librarians (84 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,887 - $78,222
(Median)
$42K
$54K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,990
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$11.37 - $38.17
(Median)
$11
$23
$38
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$41,887 - $78,222  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$40,793 - $77,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.37 - $38.17  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,392  
   
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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$40,793 - $77,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12
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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

  • 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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Head Librarians only report a few specific skills. Reference Services and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 5 percent, respectively.

Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

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


Head Librarians with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $48K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $52K on average. For Head Librarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $54K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $63K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 17%

Experienced
up arrow 1%

National Average
$54,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

Reference Services
up arrow 9%

People Management
up arrow 5%

National Average
$54,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
84 %
Male
16 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
30%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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