Library Clerk Salary

Earnings for Library Clerks in the United States come in at around $10.64 per hour on average. Lower pay rates hover around $8.02 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $16.39. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The vast majority of Library Clerks (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — about one-half — do not have any health coverage, close to one-half do receive medical benefits and more than a third have dental insurance. This report is based on answers to 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
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$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 (?
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: 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.

Common Career Paths for Library Clerk


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As Library Clerks transition into upper-level roles such as Librarian, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Librarians earn $42K on average per year. When Library Clerks are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Library Assistants or Library Technicians. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $6K, 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.


For many Library Clerks, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $21K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $24K. Library Clerks see a median salary of $28K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Library Clerks who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $34K.

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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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