The average Librarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. While the specific employer and years of experience impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most Librarians survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Librarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
A bachelor’s degree in library sciences or something similar is usually necessary. Customer service skills are important in this job because visitors to the library will often have questions about research and where to find certain items. Strong computer skills are also important, so that library visitors can be helped whenever they experience issues with the library computers. A librarian will also often use computerized databases, in order to input and organize data relating to books and other materials. Organizing data includes cataloging and classifying items and documenting the circulation of these items. Card catalogs are still used in some libraries, so it is important to be familiar with this system of item organization.
A librarian should circulate the library to make sure that all of the areas are neat and organized. When making rounds, it might be needed to remind library visitors of library rules and etiquette. Stray items may have to be collected and reorganized when they are out of place. Keeping inventory on books is also a librarian’s duty. When something is missing, the librarian should contact the party who has borrowed the item. Librarians should minimize the books that are missing by making sure that library visitors are checking them out properly.
- Assist patrons with finding resources and locating books.
- Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate and maintain library materials.
- Check books in and out of the library.
Common Career Paths for Librarian
Librarians may enjoy increased earnings if they become Library Directors. This seems to be a popular career move, and Library Director earn a slightly higher median of $55K annually. A School Librarian role is the most prevalent career advancement for Librarians. Paychecks for that role are $41K on average. The Head Librarian position is another common transition for Librarians; in this role, salaries are typically at the $50K mark.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Librarian
Librarians seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at University of Washington (UW), where the median salary comes to $60K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($40K) and those starting out ($80K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.
Popular Skills for Librarian
Librarians seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Development, People Management, and Information Technology Support 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. Program Development and Web Content Management also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Collection Development.
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. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $42K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $47K. Librarians with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $58K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.
Pay Difference by Location
Home to some of the best pay for Librarians, San Diego offers exceptional salaries, 34 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+27 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Seattle (+13 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Indianapolis. Dallas and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.
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