Law Librarian Salary

Median pay for Law Librarians in the United States is around $59K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Law Librarians making up 73 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Law Librarians is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$39,535 - $87,936
(Median)
$40K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $58,982
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$11.68 - $34.00
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$12
$16
$34
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$39,535 - $87,936  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Total Pay (?
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$34,436 - $87,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $34.00  
   
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$0$30K$60K$90K
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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$34,436 - $87,591  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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.


Law Librarians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $51K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $61K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Law Librarians make a median salary of $65K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Law Librarians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $72K.

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Experience Affects Law Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 4%
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