Librarian / Cataloger Salary

Pay for Librarians & Catalogers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $44K per year. The vast majority of Librarians & Catalogers (80 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$28,180 - $61,457
$28K
$44K
$61K
MEDIAN: $44,062
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$10.54 - $21.32
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$21
MEDIAN: $14.69
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$28,180 - $61,457  
   
Bonus
$1,400  
Total Pay (?
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$25,698 - $58,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 63
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$10.54 - $21.32  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$1,400  
   
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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$25,698 - $58,938  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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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Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Librarians & Catalogers make a median salary of $42K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $45K.

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Key Stats for Librarian / Cataloger

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%
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Experience Affects Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Mid-Career
▲16%

Late-Career
▲11%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$40,000

Entry-Level
▼19%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
▲31%

National Average
$40,000

▼1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 11 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
26%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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