Library Clerk Salary

Library Clerks in the United States pull down an average of $10.67 per hour. Compensation ranges from $7.97 per hour on the lower end to $16.20 on the higher end. The vast majority of Library Clerks (87 percent) who responded to the survey are women. While some workers in this profession — one-half — do not have any health coverage, a little less than one-half do receive medical benefits and over a third have dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$15,597 - $39,975
(Median)
$16K
$29K
$40K
MEDIAN: $28,587
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$7.97 - $16.20
(Median)
$8
$11
$16
MEDIAN: $10
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$14K$28K$42K
Salary
$15,597 - $39,975  
   
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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$16,533 - $34,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 51
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$6$12$18
Hourly Rate
$7.97 - $16.20  
   
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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$16,533 - $34,837  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 170
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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 who transition into a Librarian role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $42K per year. A common career progression for a Library Clerk is to become a Library Assistant or a Library Technician. Compared to Library Clerks, the first group earns $3K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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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 seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Library Clerks. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $21K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $24K. Library Clerks claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $34K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Clerk Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

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
28%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 47% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 27% employee benefits None: 51%
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