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Library Manager Salary

The majority of Library Managers in the United States — close to one-half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $30K to $77K per year, and the median is $54K per year. Most Library Managers survey respondents are women (78 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and most earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Library Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,808 - $80,466
(Median)
$33K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $53,792
10%
50%
90%

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$10.83 - $29.24
(Median)
$11
$19
$29
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$32,808 - $80,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$29,840 - $77,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.83 - $29.24  
   
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
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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$29,840 - $77,319  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Library Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, facility with Budgeting and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent and 6 percent, respectively. 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Library Managers — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $51K. For Library Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $52K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $59K.

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Experience Affects Library Manager Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 3%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Skills That Affect Library Manager Salaries

Budgeting
up arrow 21%


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 30 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

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: 90% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%
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