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Library Clerk Salary

Median pay for Library Clerks in the United States is around $10.69 per hour. Compensation ranges between $7.98 per hour and $16.11. The majority of Library Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Library Clerks (88 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Although a little over a half lack health benefits of any kind, just under a half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one in three get dental coverage, too. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$15,597 - $39,270
(Median)
$16K
$28K
$39K
MEDIAN: $28,154
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$7.98 - $16.11
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,597 - $39,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
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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$16,536 - $34,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$8$16$24
Hourly Rate
$7.98 - $16.11  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $21.60  
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$16K$32K$48K
Bonus
$0.00 - $511  
   
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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$16,536 - $34,437  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 169

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Job Description for Library Clerk

Library clerks are also referred to as library assistants, and they deal with the clerical aspect of the library. They also help the librarian with sorting, shelving, and removing books and other materials at the library. Library clerks also help people who come to the library locate items that they are looking for, including books, movies, and music. They also assist with any internet research they may need help with.

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Library Clerk 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 Clerk


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At the upper end, Library Clerks who move into a Librarian role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Librarians is a much higher $42K per year. Library Clerks typically move into roles as Library Assistants or Library Technicians, and those positions pay $3K more and $6K more, respectively.

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Pay by Experience Level for Library Clerk

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Library Clerks in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $21K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $24K. On average, Library Clerks make $27K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $33K.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 46% dental benefits Dental: 34%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 52%
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