Pay for Librarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $48K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Librarians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,098 - $68,812
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$33K
$48K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,416
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$9.67 - $26.33
(Median)
$9
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$33,098 - $68,812  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $8,170  
Profit Sharing
$2,525  
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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$26,472 - $66,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,009
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.67 - $26.33  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$3.71 - $47.12  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$97.87 - $8,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,525  
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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$26,472 - $66,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 294
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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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Many Librarians transition into upper-level Library Director positions. Library Directors earn a median of $55K per year. Becoming a School Librarian is, more often than not, the most common role that Librarians move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a School Librarian is $41K. Another frequent advance is for Librarians to assume a Head Librarian role; in this role, workers often take home $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Librarian


University of Washington (UW) offers the largest salaries in town ($60K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $40K to $80K.

Popular Skills for Librarian


Survey takers working as Librarians report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, People Management, Web Development, 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.


For Librarians, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $43K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $47K. Librarians bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,138

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Librarians in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 34 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), New York (+19 percent), Los Angeles (+15 percent), and Philadelphia (+11 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis. Houston and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 10 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 8%


Bibliographic Instruction
up arrow 4%

Collection Development
up arrow 3%

Online Research
up arrow 3%

Reference Services
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Cataloging
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 6%

Program Development
up arrow 15%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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