Librarian Salary

An average Librarian in the United States can expect to take home roughly $49K annually. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the specific employer and tenure are influential factors as well. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of Librarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,868 - $69,469
$33K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $48,663
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$9.70 - $27.58
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MEDIAN: $18.54
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$0$69K
Salary $32,868 - $69,469
Bonus $491.32 - $9,000
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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$27,286 - $67,527
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,028
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $9.70 - $27.58
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $7.00 - $46.72
Annual Data $0$67K
Bonus $491.32 - $9,000
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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$27,286 - $67,527
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 300

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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. 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 Employer Salaries for Librarian


Employees of University of Washington (UW) can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging 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, Web Development, People Management, and Information Technology Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 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: $46,566

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

Librarians will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+31 percent), Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Indianapolis, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Dallas and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

Librarian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Librarian?

Librarian in Washington:
"You are a researcher, IT, and community organizer."
Pros: The books and reference work.
Cons: Customer service can be very challenging. Nothing can prepare you for some of things people will say to your face.

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Key Stats for Librarian

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 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

▲25%

▲7%

▲2%

National Average
$47,000

▼9%

Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
▲12%


Web Development
▲7%







National Average
$47,000

Web Design
▼1%

▼4%


Activities for Children
▼25%

Program Development
▼25%

Event Planning
▼25%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 165 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

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: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 13%
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