Head Librarian Salary

With just below two-thirds 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 $39K to $76K per year and averages out to $53K per year. Most Head Librarians survey respondents are women (78 percent). Work is enjoyable for Head Librarians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,047 - $74,253
(Median)
$40K
$53K
$74K
MEDIAN: $52,832
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$9.96 - $38.43
(Median)
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$25
$38
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,047 - $74,253  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
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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$38,642 - $76,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 103
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $38.43  
   
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 - $5,128  
   
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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$38,642 - $76,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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Survey takers who work as Head Librarians report a focused set of job skills. Reference Services and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 9 percent and 7 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $46K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $55K. After two decades in the workforce, the average Head Librarian generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $62K.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

Reference Services
up arrow 9%

People Management
up arrow 7%

National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 9%
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