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Reference Librarian Salary

A Reference Librarian earns an average salary of $45,927 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases sharply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay.

$31,841 - $63,762
(Median)
$32K
$46K
$64K
MEDIAN: $45,926
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90%

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$11.80 - $32.55
(Median)
$12
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$31,841 - $63,762  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
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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$30,625 - $64,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.80 - $32.55  
   
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,007  
   
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).
)
$30,625 - $64,415  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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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 by Experience Level for Reference Librarian

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

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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




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Reference Librarian Salaries



Reference Services
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National Average
$45,000

Collection Development
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 98 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 15%
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