Librarian / Cataloger Salary

Librarians & Catalogers in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $45K annually. Pay generally varies between $24K and $62K per year. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly one-half. The vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (83 percent) who responded to the survey are women. For the most part, Librarians & Catalogers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,242 - $69,237

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$10.36 - $22.01

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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: 18 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: 18 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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Many Librarians & Catalogers move into a Librarian role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Librarians on average bring in a similar salary to Librarians & Catalogers.

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Librarians & Catalogers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $41K on average. After working for 10 to 20 years, Librarians & Catalogers make a median salary of $36K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median 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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