An average Law Librarian in the United States can expect to take home roughly $59K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female Law Librarians make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$42,746 - $90,827
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$43K
$59K
$91K
MEDIAN: $59,346
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$12.08 - $39.73
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MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$42,746 - $90,827  
   
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
Total Pay (?
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$37,800 - $91,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $39.73  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$206.08 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,200  
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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$37,800 - $91,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 10
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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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $53K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $66K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Law Librarians make a median salary of $61K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $79K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Law Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Mid-Career
up arrow 12%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

National Average
$59,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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