Librarian Salary

Librarians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $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 tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Librarians is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Librarians making up 76 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$33,817 - $71,333
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $48,117
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$9.70 - $28.25
(Median)
$9
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,817 - $71,333  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$28,470 - $70,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,530
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.70 - $28.25  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$0.00 - $51.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,425  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$28,470 - $70,140  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 409
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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 $55K annually. More often than not, a School Librarian role is the next step for Librarians moving up in the field. Pay for School Librarians is usually $41K. Many Librarians choose to take on a Head Librarian role instead, where salaries are typically $50K.

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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, Bibliographic Instruction, and Online Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 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. Those proficient in Reference Services are, more often than not, also skilled in Customer Service, Online Research, and Bibliographic Instruction.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


For Librarians, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $42K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $46K. Librarians see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,114

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

For those looking to make money, Librarians in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Indianapolis is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Miami (14 percent lower and 2 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 9%



Web Content Management
up arrow 4%

Collection Development
up arrow 3%

People Management
up arrow 2%

Reference Services
up arrow 1%

Program Management
0%

Web Design
0%

National Average
$46,000

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 4%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 8%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 340 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

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