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Librarian Salary

The average Librarian in the United States earns approximately $48K per year. Earnings sit near $28K on the lower side but can approach $70K per year on the higher side. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Librarians is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Librarians making up 75 percent. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$33,534 - $70,834
(Median)
$34K
$48K
$71K
MEDIAN: $47,763
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50%
90%

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$9.59 - $29.02
(Median)
$9
$17
$29
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$33,534 - $70,834  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,875  
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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$27,700 - $69,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,193
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.59 - $29.02  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.41  
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 - $2,875  
   
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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$27,700 - $69,960  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 308

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Job Description for Librarian

Librarians assist people in finding information from different sources. Books, periodicals, websites and catalogs are some of the media that librarians work with. Librarians also stay current with book and publishing correspondence. This makes them a go-to resource for people who need information about a specific subject.

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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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Librarians may enjoy a small increase in earnings as they climb the career ladder to roles like Library Director, which pays $54K on average annually. Many Librarians go on to become Reference Librarians or School Librarians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $3K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Librarians seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 14 percent. Those listing Activities for Children as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Information Technology Support also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Collection Development indicates knowledge of Online Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


Librarians do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $41K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $45K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Librarians make a median salary of $51K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Librarians with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $59K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Librarians, 53 percent higher than the national average. Librarians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+32 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), and New York (+15 percent). In Houston, salaries are 15 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
up arrow 14%

Web Development
up arrow 9%

People Management
up arrow 9%




Program Management
up arrow 3%

Reference Services
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

National Average
$46,000

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 3%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%