Librarian / Cataloger Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a Librarians & Catalogers in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $44K annually. Earnings sit near $24K on the lower side but can approach $62K per year on the higher side. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (83 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,434 - $72,885
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $44,341
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$10.66 - $21.47
(Median)
$11
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $14.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,434 - $72,885  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
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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$24,387 - $62,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 83
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.66 - $21.47  
   
Overtime
$0.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,010  
   
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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$24,387 - $62,247  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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.

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $41K. Librarians & Catalogers see a median salary of $34K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $46K.

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Experience Affects Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
up arrow 34%

National Average
$39,000

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 61%
medical benefits
Vision: 46%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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