Reference Librarian Salary (United States)

The average salary for a Reference Librarian is $46,255 per year.
Reference Librarian Salary (?
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$32,229 - $63,395
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MEDIAN: $46,254
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Reference Librarian Salary (?
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$11.67 - $34.22
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$32,229 - $63,395  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
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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$30,655 - $64,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 374
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.67 - $34.22  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,424  
   
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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$30,655 - $64,901  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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Job Description for Reference Librarian

A reference librarian generally works in libraries at educational and other institutions. They help library visitors find the reference information they need, usually both in person and virtually. The reference librarian might also be tasked with creating bibliographies and guides on certain topics, so that these references can be easily found when sought by patrons. They may also look for new reference items to be purchased by the library. When working in a university, they might have to work with various university departments to gain an understanding of the type of resources they need.
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Reference Librarian Tasks
  • Perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information.
  • Search standard reference materials, including on-line sources and the Internet, in order to answer patrons' reference questions.
  • Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate, and maintain library materials; and furnish reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services.
  • Set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Pay Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Reference Librarian Reviews

What is it like working as a Reference Librarian?
Reference Librarian in Great Neck:
"Dealing With Things Big And Small."
Pros: I like helping people find what they are looking for and doing so in a friendly way that encourages further library use
Cons: The bureaucracy. Dealing with people who have just a little bit of power and choose to use it to make the lives of coworkers difficult.

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Experience Affects Reference Librarian Salaries

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$45,000

Skills That Affect Reference Librarian Salaries

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Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%