Librarian Salary

Pay for Librarians in the United States sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Librarians report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Librarians survey respondents are women (79 percent).

$32,942 - $69,634
$33K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,730
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50%
90%

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$9.70 - $26.88
$9
$18
$27
MEDIAN: $18.49
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,942 - $69,634  
   
Bonus
$15.32 - $8,808  
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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$26,776 - $67,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 987
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $26.88  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$3.71 - $47.12  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$15.32 - $8,808  
   
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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$26,776 - $67,444  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 310

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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

  • 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


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A lot of Librarians move on to become Library Directors, that group gets paid a slightly higher $55K on average. As Librarians progress in their field, many go on to become School Librarians. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $41K. Another common career choice for Librarians is to move into a Head Librarian role — this promotion usually pays $50K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Librarian


Librarians flock to University of Washington (UW) for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $60K lead the pack in compensation; however, University of Washington (UW) also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $40K at one end to $80K at the other end.

Popular Skills for Librarian


Survey results imply that Librarians deploy a deep pool of 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 Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Activities for Children and Program Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Customer Service also know Collection Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

Pay by Experience for a Librarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Librarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 620 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Librarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 406 salaries. An experienced Librarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 361 salaries. A Librarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 197 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,279

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

Surpassing the national average by 34 percent, Librarians in San Diego receive some of the highest pay in the country. Librarians will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+20 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). Indianapolis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (9 percent lower) and Chicago (2 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Librarian

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries

▲26%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$46,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
▲13%


Web Development
▲8%







Web Design
▼0%

National Average
$46,000

▼3%


Activities for Children
▼24%

Program Development
▼24%

Event Planning
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 144 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: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 14%
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