Library Manager Salary
Library Managers in the United States take home approximately $51K annually on average. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Library Managers (82 percent) who responded to the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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.Read More...
A library manager should have knowledge of, and the ability to work with, any technology within the library, including (but not limited to) computers and the Internet. Another important factor for success is one's ability to design a system which works for both staff and patrons; in an ideal situation, patrons can enter the library, ask for a book or other reference materials, and any staff member can help locate it. Designing, implementing, upgrading, and managing this system is a library manger's primary responsibility.
Typically, a library manager must have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field. Some have a master's of library science degree as well, perhaps accompanied by a teaching certificate. In addition, library managers should also have some supervisory experience so he or she can run the library effectively and efficiently.
Library Manager Tasks
- 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.
- Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
- Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
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Pay by Experience Level for Library Manager
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $49K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $47K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Library Managers make a median salary of $52K. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $51K.