Librarian Salary

Pay for Librarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Compensation ranges from $28K on the lower end to $70K per year on the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Female Librarians make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent.

$34,136 - $70,813
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,937
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$9.57 - $29.76
(Median)
$9
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,136 - $70,813  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,902  
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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$28,116 - $69,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,258
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.57 - $29.76  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,902  
   
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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$28,116 - $69,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 329
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Job Description for Librarian

A librarian can work at a public library, a school library, a university library, or a government library. Some large companies may also maintain a librarian, in order to organize documents and literature related to the company.

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Librarian Tasks

  • Check books in and out of the library.
  • Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate and maintain library materials.
  • Assist patrons with finding resources and locating books.

Common Career Paths for Librarian


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For Librarians who go on to become Library Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Library Director earns $54K annually. Librarians most often move into Reference Librarian or School Librarian roles. However, the former pays $3K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Development, Web Design, and Bibliographic Instruction are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 13 percent. Those listing Activities for Children as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Information Technology Support and Customer Service also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Collection Development are similarly competent in Online Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


For Librarians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $41K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $46K. On average, Librarians make $51K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Librarians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Librarians in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Houston.

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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
up arrow 13%

Web Development
up arrow 9%


Web Design
up arrow 7%


Collection Development
up arrow 4%

Reference Services
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

People Management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 4%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 302 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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