Librarian Salary

The average Librarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $48K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28K and $70K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Librarians. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Librarians making up 75 percent.

$34,181 - $70,694

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$9.62 - $29.65

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$34,181 - $70,694  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,950  
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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$28,357 - $69,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,272
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$9.62 - $29.65  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,950  
   
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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$28,357 - $69,871  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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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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. Librarians most often advance into Reference Librarian and School Librarian positions even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $5K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Librarian


Librarians seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Design, Web Development, and Bibliographic Instruction are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 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. It is often found that people who know Collection Development are also skilled in 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. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $42K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $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


Librarians will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 50 percent. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+32 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), and New York (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 14 percent south of the national average, can be found in Indianapolis.

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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 Design
up arrow 9%



Collection Development
up arrow 4%

Reference Services
up arrow 2%

Web Content Management
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Program Management
0%

People Management
0%

National Average
$46,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 4%

Activities for Children
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 297 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

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