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Librarian Salary

For Librarians, annual average wages total $48K per year. Compensation ranges between $28K and $70K per year. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Librarians survey respondents are women (75 percent). For the most part, Librarians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,895 - $70,839
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,901
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50%
90%

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$9.41 - $30.02
(Median)
$9
$17
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,895 - $70,839  
   
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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$28,073 - $70,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,226
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.41 - $30.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.27  
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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$28,073 - $70,087  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316

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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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For Librarians who go on to become Library Directors, career progression may result in slightly increased compensation. On average, a Library Director earns $54K annually. 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


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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. Those listing Activities for Children as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Web Content Management and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Collection Development are also skilled in Online Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


For Librarians, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $41K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. On average, Librarians make $51K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Librarians, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 52 percent greater than the national average. Librarians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+34 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), and New York (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 15 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Houston (14 percent less) and Denver (4 percent less).

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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%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 4%

Web Content Management
up arrow 10%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 310 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
23%
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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