Head Librarians in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $55K per year on average but can range from $41K to $84K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Head Librarians (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,876 - $87,944
(Median)
$44K
$55K
$88K
MEDIAN: $54,760
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$43,876 - $87,944  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
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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$41,275 - $84,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 47
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$21.22  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
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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$41,275 - $84,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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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Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Head Librarians. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $48K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $50K. For Head Librarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $73K on average.

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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$52,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

People Management
up arrow 7%

Reference Services
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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