Library Assistant Salary

Median pay for Library Assistants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $13.08 per hour. Earnings sit near $8.98 per hour on the lower side but can approach $18.75 on the higher side. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Library Assistants is high. There are far more female Library Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 81 percent. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,567 - $41,807
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$21K
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$42K
MEDIAN: $29,654
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$8.98 - $18.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$20,567 - $41,807  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$19,160 - $40,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 322
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.98 - $18.75  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.43  
Overtime
$0.00 - $27.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,200  
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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$19,160 - $40,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 531
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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.

Common Career Paths for Library Assistant


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Library Assistants may progress into high-paying roles like Library Director, where median compensation is $55K annually. Library Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Librarians or Reference Librarians. The median paychecks in those roles are $14K higher and $15K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Library Assistant


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Collection Development and Reference Services are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Reference Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Assistant

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


Library Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $27K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $29K. On average, Library Assistants make $30K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Library Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $31K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,244

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

Seattle offers some of the highest pay in the country for Library Assistants, 61 percent above the national average. Library Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+47 percent), Atlanta (+26 percent), San Diego (+26 percent), and New York (+22 percent). San Antonio is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 13 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Indianapolis (12 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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
$28,000


Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Collection Development
up arrow 20%

Reference Services
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
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Cataloging
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National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Inter-library Loan
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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