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. The majority of Library Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Library Managers making up 76 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,814 - $81,937

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$10.77 - $29.62

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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 (?
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$29,613 - $78,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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: 18 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 transition into an upper level Library Director position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Library Director makes $54K a year.

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Typical Library Managers report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Budgeting, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 18 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $42K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $51K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Library Managers make a median salary of $54K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $58K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Library Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Library Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 28%

Budgeting
up arrow 18%


National Average
$51,000

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Reference Services
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 7%
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