Library Manager Salary

Library Managers in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with around half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $54K per year on average but can range from $31K to $80K per year. Work is enjoyable for Library Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Female Library Managers make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. 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.

$32,778 - $83,055
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$83K
MEDIAN: $53,980
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90%

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$10.86 - $29.44
(Median)
$11
$18
$29
MEDIAN: $17.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$32,778 - $83,055  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$30,789 - $80,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 150
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $29.44  
   
Overtime
$14.24  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$4,000  
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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$30,789 - $80,487  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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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 sometimes move into a Library Director role, where the salary is similar.

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Survey results suggest that Library Managers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Budgeting, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 18 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Customer Service and Reference Services, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Library Manager

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


For Library Managers, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $42K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $50K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Library Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Library Manager with more than 20 years of experience can earn $59K on average.

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Experience Affects Library Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 18%

Skills That Affect Library Manager Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 27%

Budgeting
up arrow 18%

People Management
up arrow 4%

National Average
$51,000

Reference Services
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 24%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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