Librarian Salary

Median pay for Librarians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $48K per year. Pay generally varies between $28K and $70K per year. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over one-half. Most Librarians survey respondents are women (76 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$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 (?
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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.

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Librarians who become Library Directors position may earn slightly higher salaries. The median income for that position is $55K per year. A School Librarian role is the most common promotion for Librarians moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $41K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Librarians is a Head Librarian position, where earnings are usually $50K.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Survey results imply that Librarians deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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. A tool kit that includes Reference Services also typically contains Customer Service, Online Research, and Bibliographic Instruction. The majority of those who know Collection Development also know Online Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

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


Librarians with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. 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. For Librarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Librarians who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $59K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,114

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Librarians, 50 percent higher than the national average. Librarians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Washington (+28 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and Minneapolis (+14 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 14 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Miami also lean toward paying below-median salaries (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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