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Librarian / Cataloger Salary

Librarians & Catalogers in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $45K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $23K and $66K per year. Job satisfaction for Librarians & Catalogers is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Librarians & Catalogers are female. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$27,812 - $71,490
(Median)
$28K
$45K
$71K
MEDIAN: $44,838
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$10.20 - $21.53
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$22
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$27,812 - $71,490  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $811  
Total Pay (?
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$22,703 - $66,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 76
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $21.53  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $811  
   
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).
)
$22,703 - $66,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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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' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like Librarian. Median pay for Librarians is $42K.

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Survey results show that Librarians & Catalogers typically report just a few professional skills. Fortunate workers who know Metadata Management can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 32 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Cataloging.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian / Cataloger

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


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Librarians & Catalogers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $44K.

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Experience Affects Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$40,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Librarian / Cataloger Salaries

Metadata Management
up arrow 32%

National Average
$40,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 17%