A Library Assistant earns an average wage of $12.62 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, wages increase somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Filing and Collection Development.
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$19,389 - $42,210
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MEDIAN: $29,755
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$0$15K$30K$45K
Salary
$19,389 - $42,210  
   
Bonus
$293.61 - $3,020  
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$18,841 - $40,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$8.97 - $18.35  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.13  
Overtime
$13.21 - $26.30  
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$293.61 - $3,020  
   
Total Pay (?
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$18,841 - $40,108  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 420
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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

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $27,417

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Library Assistant Reviews

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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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries




National Average
$27,000


Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Filing
up arrow 42%

Collection Development
up arrow 22%

Information Technology (IT) Support
up arrow 9%


Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Cataloging
up arrow 1%

National Average
$27,000

Activities for Children
up arrow 15%

Inter-library Loan
up arrow 22%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

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