Library Assistant Salary

The average Library Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.67 per hour. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 83 percent of Library Assistants are female. For the most part, Library Assistants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although one-third lack health benefits of any kind, the greater part do enjoy medical insurance, and slightly more than half get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$19,299 - $42,360
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MEDIAN: $29,597
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,299 - $42,360  
   
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
Total Pay (?
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$18,849 - $39,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $18.15  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$13.09 - $26.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$96.96 - $3,091  
   
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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$18,849 - $39,682  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 443

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Job Description for Library Assistant

Library assistants participate in all aspects of library circulation and patron service duties. Their primary responsibility is to ensure all patron needs are met. This includes assisting patrons in general library services such as signing up for library cards, using the library catalog, and navigating the library’s various areas. They answer basic circulation and reference questions and assist patrons in finding materials they are searching for, as well as direct patrons to reference librarians for more complex questions. They may troubleshoot library equipment such as computers, copiers, and printers if they malfunction. Library assistants check in and check out materials and manage hold requests, as needed. They return materials to their proper location on the shelves, and occasionally “shelf read” to check that material on the shelves are in the correct order. Library assistants may help to open or close the library, depending on their schedule.

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Library Assistant Tasks

  • Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as pictures, cards, slides and microfilm.
  • Process new materials including books, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
  • Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title.

Common Career Paths for Library Assistant


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As Library Assistants transition into upper-level roles such as Library Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Library Directors earn $55K on average per year. A common career progression for a Library Assistant is to become a Librarian or a Reference Librarian. Compared to Library Assistants, the first group earns $16K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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Popular Skills for Library Assistant


Library Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Filing, Adobe Photoshop, and Collection Development are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 43 percent, 35 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Activities for Children. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Assistant

Pay by Experience for a Library Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Library Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $26,000 based on 387 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Library Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $29,000 based on 171 salaries. An experienced Library Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $30,000 based on 157 salaries. A Library Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $32,000 based on 53 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,342

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Seattle is home to an above-average pay rate for Library Assistants, 66 percent higher than the national average. Library Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+39 percent), San Diego (+38 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), and Miami (+27 percent). Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average.

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Q: What is it like working as a Library Assistant?

Library Assistant in Temecula:
"I have more responsibility, I have to deal more with people."
Pros: When I help people the right way, I love to see them leave happy, because I was able to please them with whatever they needed.
Cons: That I sometimes get things/situations that I have to use my own gugement call to find the right thing to do.

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Key Stats for Library Assistant

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Filing
▲43%

Adobe Photoshop
▲35%

Collection Development
▲22%

Information Technology (IT) Support
▲10%


Technical Services
▲7%



▲4%

Social Media Marketing
▲1%

National Average
$27,000


Activities for Children
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 111 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 34%
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