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 per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Librarians & Catalogers is high. The vast majority (80 percent) of Librarians & Catalogers who took the survey are female. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.
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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Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $33K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $44K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $37K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $44K.