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Law Librarian Salary

Law Librarians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $57K per year. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Law Librarians make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Law Librarians. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,143 - $84,879
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$85K
MEDIAN: $57,139
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$12.13 - $40.95
(Median)
$12
$16
$41
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,143 - $84,879  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
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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$34,730 - $85,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$12.13 - $40.95  
   
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,093  
   
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).
)
$34,730 - $85,291  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Law Librarian

Law librarians work in a variety of institutions and settings. They may be employed with a law firm, law library, law school, court, or other government organization. Additional avenues of employment may include legal departments in a range of corporate settings. Law librarians typically work in an office alongside lawyers, law clerks, paralegals, and other legal and business professionals.

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Law Librarian Tasks

  • Teach attorneys and paralegals to search for information use databases, explain use of library facilities, resources, services and equipment.
  • Respond to requests for legal or business information; search reference materials, online legal sources and the Internet.
  • Check books in and out of the library, keep records of circulation and materials.
  • Perform legal research, analyze, edit and filter information.
  • Code, classify and catalog books, review and evaluate publications, films, audiovisual aids and other library materials.

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Pay by Experience Level for Law Librarian

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $51K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $60K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Law Librarians make a median salary of $65K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $68K.

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Experience Affects Law Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 24%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 9%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 4%
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