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Library Assistant Salary

Median pay for Library Assistants in the United States is around $13.18 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $8.76 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $19.31. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Library Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Library Assistants make up most of the survey respondents at 78 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, slightly less than a third are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a majority and dental insurance is reported by just over a half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,593 - $41,287
(Median)
$20K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $29,485
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$8.76 - $19.31
(Median)
$8
$13
$19
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$19,593 - $41,287  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,774  
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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$18,608 - $41,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.76 - $19.31  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $29.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,229  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,100 - $2,774  
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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$18,608 - $41,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434

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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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There are some Library Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Library Directors, where earnings are an average $54K annually. The most common next step for a Library Assistant is to become a Librarian or a Reference Librarian. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $15K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Library Assistant


Library Assistants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Collection Development, Inter-library Loan, and Reference Services are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 12 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Customer Service also know Reference Services.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Assistant

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $27K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $29K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $30K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $33K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Library Assistant Salaries




National Average
$28,000


Skills That Affect Library Assistant Salaries

Collection Development
up arrow 20%

Inter-library Loan
up arrow 12%

Reference Services
up arrow 4%

National Average
$28,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Cataloging
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 68% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 29%