Head Librarian Salary

Head Librarians who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just below two-thirds of Head Librarians. Pay fluctuates from $39K to $76K per year, but expected earnings average $53K per year. Work is enjoyable for Head Librarians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,989 - $74,523

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$9.96 - $38.43

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$39,989 - $74,523  
   
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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$38,567 - $76,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 102
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.96 - $38.43  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$38,567 - $76,222  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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 note just a narrow range 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.


For Head Librarians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. The average inexperienced worker earns $46K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $51K. Head Librarians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $55K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $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
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
28%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 9%
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