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Librarian / Cataloger Salary

The average Librarian & Cataloger in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $46K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $24K to $66K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to half. Women make up the vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,201 - $78,297
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$78K
MEDIAN: $46,117
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$10.34 - $21.20
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,201 - $78,297  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
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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$23,869 - $65,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $21.20  
   
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $993  
   
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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$23,869 - $65,858  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 45

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Job Description for Librarian / Cataloger

Librarians/catalogers work at public, private, and educational institution libraries, and may work in museums, as well. They are responsible for ensuring that all items owned by the library are properly categorized, classified, recorded, displayed, and stored.

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Librarian / Cataloger Tasks

  • Perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information.
  • Search standard reference materials, including on-line sources and the Internet, in order to answer patrons' reference questions.
  • Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate, and maintain library materials; and furnish reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services.
  • Set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

Common Career Paths for Librarian / Cataloger


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Librarians & Catalogers who go on to become Librarians may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Librarian, an upper-level role, pays $42K.

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Job skills reported by Librarians & Catalogers are limited. Fortunate workers who know Metadata Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 30 percent above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger

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


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $36K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $43K. For Librarians & Catalogers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $36K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $50K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 25%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
up arrow 30%

National Average
$40,000

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 63%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 16%
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