Library Clerk Salary

Median pay for Library Clerks in the United States is around $10.64 per hour. The bottom of the pay range sits near $8.02 per hour, and the top verges on $16.39. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women make up the vast majority of Library Clerks (87 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Roughly one-half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, about one-half report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$16,201 - $41,370
(Median)
$16K
$29K
$41K
MEDIAN: $28,932
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$8.02 - $16.39
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$16,201 - $41,370  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.33  
Total Pay (?
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$16,662 - $35,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 56
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.02 - $16.39  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $45.37  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $99.33  
   
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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$16,662 - $35,178  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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.

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Library Clerks' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Librarian. The average Librarian brings home $42K per year. 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $21K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $24K. Library Clerks with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $28K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $34K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 46%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 48%
dental benefits
Dental: 35%
medical benefits
Vision: 27%
dental benefits
None: 49%
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