Library Clerk Salary

An average Library Clerk in the United States can expect to take home roughly $10.64 per hour. Earnings sit near $7.96 per hour on the lower side but can approach $16.19 on the higher side. There are far more female Library Clerks who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. Approximately half of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, slightly less than half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Library Clerks claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$15,656 - $39,905

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$7.96 - $16.19

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,656 - $39,905  
   
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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$16,510 - $34,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 52
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.96 - $16.19  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $17.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$12K$24K$36K
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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$16,510 - $34,790  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
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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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For Library Clerks, progressing to a Librarian role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Librarian can earn $42K annually. Library Assistants or Library Technicians are common next-step roles for Library Clerks moving up in their careers; annual pay for Library Assistants is $4K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Library Technicians.

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Pay by Experience Level for Library Clerk

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Library Clerks. 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 $23K. For Library Clerks, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $28K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $34K.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

National Average
$24,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 26% employee benefits None: 51%
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