Library Manager Salary

Half of Library Managers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $29K to $78K per year, and the average comes out to $54K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Library Managers making up 78 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 information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$32,742 - $81,095
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$81K
MEDIAN: $53,897
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90%

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$10.77 - $29.62
(Median)
$11
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,742 - $81,095  
   
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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$29,458 - $78,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 135
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.77 - $29.62  
   
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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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).
)
$29,458 - $78,159  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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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Many Library Managers move into a Library Director role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. Library Directors on average bring in a similar salary to Library Managers.

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Job skills reported by Library Managers are limited. 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.


For Library Managers, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $43K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $52K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Library Managers make a median salary of $53K. Library Managers who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $58K.

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Experience Affects Library Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

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
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
22%
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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