Head Librarian Salary

Head Librarians in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — roughly two in three have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $41K to $78K per year, median earnings come to $54K annually. The majority of Head Librarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Head Librarians (84 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and more than half earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$41,887 - $78,222
(Median)
$42K
$54K
$78K
MEDIAN: $53,990
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90%

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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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Job skills reported by Head Librarians are limited. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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. Head Librarians bring in $54K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $63K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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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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