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Librarian Salary

Pay for Librarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Earnings sit near $28K on the lower side but can approach $70K per year on the higher side. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Librarians making up 75 percent. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,782 - $70,971
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,913
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$9.44 - $28.99
(Median)
$9
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,782 - $70,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,886  
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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$27,972 - $70,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,211
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.44 - $28.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.41  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,886  
   
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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$27,972 - $70,089  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309

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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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At the upper end, Librarians who move into a Library Director role may earn a little more as the latter position has a median salary of $54K per year. Many Librarians go on to become Reference Librarians or School Librarians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Librarians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, People Management, Web Development, and Bibliographic Instruction are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. Activities for Children and Information Technology Support as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. 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.


Librarians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $41K 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 $46K. Librarians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $51K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $59K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


For Librarians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+33 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+23 percent), and New York (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Houston. Employers in Indianapolis and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (15 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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%

People Management
up arrow 9%



Collection Development
up arrow 4%

Reference Services
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

Cataloging
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 3%

Web Content Management
up arrow 3%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 311 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
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: 54% employee benefits None: 13%
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