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Librarian / Cataloger Salary

For Librarians & Catalogers, annual average wages total $46K per year. Earnings sit near $24K on the lower side but can approach $64K per year on the higher side. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Librarians & Catalogers who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 86 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$29,009 - $71,006
(Median)
$29K
$46K
$71K
MEDIAN: $45,617
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$10.28 - $21.20
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$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,009 - $71,006  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
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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$23,582 - $63,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.28 - $21.20  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $990  
   
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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$23,582 - $63,917  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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For Librarians & Catalogers, career advancements do not tend to correlate with a rise in salary. On average, lower-level Librarians & Catalogers earn similar salaries to those in higher-end positions like Librarian.

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Professional skills reported by Librarians & Catalogers are few in number. Fortunate workers who know Metadata Management command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 30 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Cataloging.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger

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


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $35K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $43K. Librarians & Catalogers bring in $41K after working for 10 to 20 years. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $45K, 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 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
up arrow 30%

National Average
$40,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%