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Law Librarian Salary (United States)

Pay for Law Librarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $60K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Female Law Librarians make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Nearly all enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Law Librarian Salary (?
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$39,240 - $88,014
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MEDIAN: $60,185
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Law Librarian Salary (?
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$9.13 - $40.95
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National Salary Data

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$33,495 - $88,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 110
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$9.13 - $40.95  
   
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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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$33,495 - $88,182  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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.
For many Law Librarians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $53K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $60K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $71K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $81K.

Pay Difference By Location

Los Angeles
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Washington
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National Average
$58,000
Houston
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With a pay rate for Law Librarians that is 27 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Law Librarians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent). Houston is the lowest-paying area, 3 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Law Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 95% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 4%