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.

$32,975 - $69,265
$33K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,551
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$9.64 - $26.67
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MEDIAN: $18.21
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$32,975 - $69,265  
   
Bonus
$97.87 - $8,243  
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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$26,273 - $67,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,031
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.64 - $26.67  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.75  
Overtime
$4.70 - $46.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$97.87 - $8,243  
   
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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$26,273 - $67,217  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 315

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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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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

National Average: $46,204

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Librarian

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.
032
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
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Web Development
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Web Design
0%

National Average
$46,000



Web Content Management
up arrow 6%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Program Development
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 147 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
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: 54%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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