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Librarian Salary (United States)

The average Librarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $47K annually. Earnings generally vary between $28K and $70K per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Female Librarians make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$33,054 - $70,686
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MEDIAN: $47,393
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$9.49 - $29.51
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
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$33,054 - $70,686  
   
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$0.00 - $2,066  
Total Pay (?
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$27,845 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,128
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$0$18$36$54
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$9.49 - $29.51  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $52.54  
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$0.00 - $2,066  
   
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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$27,845 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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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At the upper end, Librarians who move into a Library Director role may earn more as the latter position has a median salary of $54K per year. Many Librarians go on to become Reference Librarians or School Librarians despite the fact that median compensation in those roles is reportedly $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

Librarian Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Librarian

Librarians seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Development, Bibliographic Instruction, and Online Research are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 15 percent. Those listing Activities for Children as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Those familiar with Collection Development also tend to know Online Research and Bibliographic Instruction. It is often found that people who know Reference Services are also skilled in Bibliographic Instruction and Online Research.

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $41K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $51K in this role. As Librarians reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $59K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$45,000
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For Librarians, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 56 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+35 percent), Washington (+29 percent), Los Angeles (+25 percent), and Minneapolis (+17 percent). In Houston, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
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Web Development
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Reference Services
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Cataloging
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National Average
$45,000
Customer Service
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Information Technology (IT) Support
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Activities for Children
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 324 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%