Librarian / Cataloger Salary
With a little over a half of Librarians & Catalogers in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $25K to $59K per year and averages out to $44K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
|Salary||$28,128 - $62,151|
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|$25,491 - $59,087|
|Hourly Rate||$10.07 - $20.72|
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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.Read More...
Libraries are filled not only with books, but also with physical media for music and films; sometimes these materials are donated by private collections, while other times they are acquired through grants and purchases. When these items arrive at the library, they must be noted item-by-item in painstaking detail. The librarian is responsible for this, and he/she typically reports to a head or department librarian.
Librarians not only sort these items, but may also document bibliographic data for books and recorded materials into a computer system, especially at university libraries. They generally work with a small group of shelvers and sorters by assisting them and even participating in training to ensure that all items are properly stored and accessible.
To work as a librarian/cataloger, a person should possess a degree in library science from an accredited university program, and larger public libraries and universities may even require a master's degree. Librarians typically work traditional weekly business hours. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
Librarian / Cataloger Tasks
- 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.
- 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.
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Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger
Pay by Experience for a Librarian / Cataloger has a positive trend. An entry-level Librarian / Cataloger with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 38 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Librarian / Cataloger with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Librarian / Cataloger which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $37,000 based on 20 salaries. A Librarian / Cataloger with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 21 salaries.
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