Library Clerk Salary

An average Library Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.70 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $7.97 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.11. Women make up the vast majority of Library Clerks (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction for Library Clerks is high. Some workers in this field — nearly one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by close to one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by more than a third. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$15,597 - $39,270
(Median)
$16K
$28K
$39K
MEDIAN: $28,044
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$7.97 - $16.11
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,597 - $39,270  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $220.51  
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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$16,512 - $34,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $16.11  
   
Overtime
$4.40 - $19.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Bonus
$0.00 - $220.51  
   
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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$16,512 - $34,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 167
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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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Library Clerks who transition into a Librarian role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $42K per year. Library Clerks moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Library Assistants or Library Technicians. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $6K higher, 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.


Library Clerks who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. 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 $23K. Library Clerks see a median salary of $27K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $34K.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 48% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 51%
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