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Library Clerk Salary

Median pay for Library Clerks in the United States is around $10.60 per hour. Compensation ranges from $8.00 per hour on the lower end to $16.16 on the higher end. Library Clerks who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 89 percent. Some workers in this field — nearly one-half — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by just under one-half and dental plans are enjoyed by over a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$15,470 - $40,117
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MEDIAN: $27,413
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$8.00 - $16.16
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National Salary Data

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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,470 - $40,117  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
Total Pay (?
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$16,548 - $34,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$8.00 - $16.16  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $28.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $503  
   
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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$16,548 - $34,927  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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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It's not very common for Library Clerks to move on to become Librarians. Average pay for a Librarian is $42K annually. Typical career progression for a Library Clerk involves becoming a Library Assistant or a Library Technician, roles that pay $3K more and $6K more on average.

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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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $21K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $23K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Library Clerks make a median salary of $28K. 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 44%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$23,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
89 %
Male
11 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 38%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 51%