Librarian / Cataloger Salary

Librarians & Catalogers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $45K annually. Compensation ranges between $24K and $62K per year. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$29,242 - $69,237
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$69K
MEDIAN: $44,969
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90%

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$10.36 - $22.01
(Median)
$10
$15
$22
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,242 - $69,237  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
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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$23,951 - $61,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 73
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $22.01  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $900  
   
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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$23,951 - $61,996  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 46
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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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Librarians & Catalogers who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Fortunate workers who know Metadata Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 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 $34K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $52K.

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Experience Affects Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
up arrow 9%

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
up arrow 32%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 17%
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