The average Library Assistant in the United States earns approximately $12.75 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — one in three lack coverage. On the flip side, the greater part have medical insurance and a little over a half receive dental plans. Women make up the vast majority of Library Assistants (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Library Assistants is high. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,553 - $43,116
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$15K$30K$45K
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$19,553 - $43,116  
   
Bonus
$98.63 - $3,041  
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$18,975 - $40,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 239
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$9.04 - $18.21  
   
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$0.13  
Overtime
$4.93 - $26.10  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
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$98.63 - $3,041  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,975 - $40,096  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 438

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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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At the upper end, Library Assistants who move into a Library Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Library Directors is a much higher $55K per year. It is quite typical for Library Assistants to transition into roles as Librarians or Reference Librarians, where reported median earnings are $16K and $16K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Library Assistant


Library Assistants seem to wield many 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 42 percent, 34 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Activities for Children and Inter-library Loan. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Assistant

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


For Library Assistants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $26K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $29K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $32K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,547

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

For Library Assistants, busy Seattle offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 65 percent above the national average. Library Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+61 percent), Los Angeles (+37 percent), Atlanta (+29 percent), and San Diego (+28 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 12 percent below the national average.

Library Assistant Reviews

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
85 %
Male
15 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Filing
up arrow 42%

Adobe Photoshop
up arrow 34%

Collection Development
up arrow 21%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 9%





Social Media Marketing
0%

National Average
$28,000

Inter-library Loan
up arrow 9%

Activities for Children
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 33%
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