Library Manager Salary

Library Managers in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — nearly one-half have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $30K to $79K per year, median earnings come to $54K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Library Managers making up 76 percent. For the most part, Library Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$32,814 - $81,937
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$82K
MEDIAN: $53,897
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$10.77 - $29.62
(Median)
$11
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,814 - $81,937  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,613 - $78,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 137
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $29.62  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,034  
   
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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$29,613 - $78,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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Job Description for Library Manager

There are several different settings in which library managers work, such as a local high school, state university, or a community's public library, among others. Those in this position should be highly skilled in communication, both written and verbal, as they must greet and deal with the public, students, parents, and any patrons visiting the library. They also are responsible for managing and overseeing the library's employees.

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Library Manager Tasks

  • Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
  • Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
  • Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

Common Career Paths for Library Manager


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Library Managers who go on to become Library Directors may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, a Library Director, an upper-level role, pays $54K.

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Library Managers who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, People Management, Customer Service, and Reference Services are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Reference Services and Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Manager

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


Library Managers do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $51K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $54K. As Library Managers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.

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Experience Affects Library Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Library Manager Salaries

Budgeting
up arrow 17%


National Average
$51,000

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Reference Services
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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