Librarian Salary

Median pay for Librarians in the United States is around $48K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $28K, and the top verges on $70K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Librarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Librarians making up 75 percent.

$34,254 - $70,798
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,929
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$9.53 - $29.58
(Median)
$9
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,254 - $70,798  
   
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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$28,125 - $70,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,254
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.53 - $29.58  
   
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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$28,125 - $70,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324
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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.

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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. Librarians most often move into positions as Reference Librarians or School Librarians. Reference Librarians actually earn $3K less on average, however, and School Librarians earn $5K less per year than Librarians do.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Librarians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Development, Web Design, and Bibliographic Instruction are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 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. The majority of those who know Collection Development also know Online Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $41K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average Librarian generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Librarians, 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 (+21 percent), and New York (+15 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average.

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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 8%



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 303 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%
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