Library Clerks in the United States take home approximately $11.04 per hour on average. The vast majority of Library Clerks (89 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Some workers in this field — slightly less than one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by nearly one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by roughly a third. Most Library Clerks report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$16,275 - $47,879
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$16K
$30K
$48K
MEDIAN: $29,503
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$8.05 - $16.22
(Median)
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$16
MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$16,275 - $47,879  
   
Total Pay (?
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$16,681 - $35,359  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 36
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$7$14$21
Hourly Rate
$8.05 - $16.22  
   
Overtime
$21.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
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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$16,681 - $35,359  
   
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 137
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Librarian, where median compensation is $43K annually. It is quite typical for Library Clerks to transition into roles as Library Assistants or Library Technicians, where reported median earnings are $4K and $6K higher per year.

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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 generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $22K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $25K on average. On average, Library Clerks make $27K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $35K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 47%

Experienced
up arrow 14%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$24,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 50%
dental benefits
Dental: 33%
medical benefits
Vision: 22%
dental benefits
None: 47%
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