With just below three-fifths of Head Librarians in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Head Librarians is $56K annually and can range from $42K on the lower end to $88K per year near the higher end. The majority of Head Librarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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MEDIAN: $55,668
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$43,458 - $89,463  
   
Bonus
$1,200  
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$41,733 - $87,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 51
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Hourly Rate
$21.22  
   
Overtime
$27.00  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$1,200  
   
Total Pay (?
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$41,733 - $87,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • Manage library staff, budget, and policies, including goals for services and systems.
  • Develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services.
  • Partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services.
  • Oversee metadata and cataloguing to increase resource discovery and use.
  • Manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand.

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Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

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


Head Librarians generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $47K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $50K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Head Librarians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $75K.

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Key Stats for Head Librarian

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
030
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$53,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

People Management
up arrow 7%

Reference Services
up arrow 2%

National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
91 %
Male
9 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
23%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 93%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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