Library Assistant Salary (United States)

The average wage for a Library Assistant is $13.18 per hour. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Collection Development and Inter-library Loan.
Library Assistant Salary (?
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$19,530 - $41,024
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MEDIAN: $29,520
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Library Assistant Salary (?
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$8.64 - $18.97
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,530 - $41,024  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $2,591  
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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$18,382 - $40,817  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.64 - $18.97  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $30.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,043  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $2,591  
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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$18,382 - $40,817  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 417
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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
  • Locate library materials for loan and replace material in shelving area, stacks, or files according to identification number and title.
  • Process new materials including books, audiovisual materials, and computer software.
  • Compile records, sort and shelve books, and issue and receive library materials such as pictures, cards, slides and microfilm.

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Pay by Experience Level for Library Assistant

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Pay Difference By Location

Seattle
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Los Angeles
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Atlanta
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$28,000
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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries

National Average
$28,000

Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Collection Development
up arrow 23%
Inter-library Loan
up arrow 12%
Cataloging
up arrow 1%
National Average
$28,000
Customer Service
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
78%
female alumni
 
Male
22%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 30%
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