Library Assistant Salary

Pay for Library Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $12.79 per hour. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Health benefits are not claimed by all — about one in three lack any form of coverage — but the greater part have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Women account for the majority of Library Assistants who took the survey — 83 percent to be exact. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,151 - $43,439
$19K
$29K
$43K
MEDIAN: $29,469
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$9.07 - $18.03
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$0$43K
Salary $19,151 - $43,439
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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$18,938 - $39,833
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 234
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $9.07 - $18.03
Hourly Tips $0.13
Overtime $13.32 - $34.11
Annual Data $0$39K
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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$18,938 - $39,833
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 450

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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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Library Assistants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Library Director. The average Library Director brings home $55K per year. Librarians or Reference Librarians are common next-step roles for Library Assistants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Librarians is $16K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Reference Librarians.

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Popular Skills for Library Assistant


Survey results imply that Library Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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, 35 percent, and 22 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Activities for Children. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in 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: $27,452

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

For Library Assistants, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Library Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+38 percent), San Diego (+37 percent), Atlanta (+30 percent), and Miami (+26 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Dallas, 11 percent below the national average.

Library Assistant Reviews

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

Library Assistant in Metamora:
"Meaningful."
Pros: Working on big projects, talking books with patrons.
Cons: Computer issues.

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 118 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries

▲18%

▲9%

▲5%

National Average
$27,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Filing
▲42%

Adobe Photoshop
▲35%

Collection Development
▲22%

Information Technology (IT) Support
▲10%


Technical Services
▲6%


▲4%


Social Media Marketing
▼0%

National Average
$27,000


Activities for Children
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 118 votes.

Gender

Female
83 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 34%
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