Reference Librarian Salary

The average salary for a Reference Librarian is $48,709 per year.

$36,244 - $69,774
$36K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,574
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$13.82 - $29.08
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MEDIAN: $19.51
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$0$69K
Salary $36,244 - $69,774
Bonus $900
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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$32,327 - $68,306
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 179
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $13.82 - $29.08
Overtime $43.03
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $900
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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$32,327 - $68,306
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 54

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Reference Librarian


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Popular Skills for Reference Librarian

Pay by Experience Level for Reference Librarian

Pay by Experience for a Reference Librarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Reference Librarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 122 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Reference Librarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Reference Librarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 55 salaries. A Reference Librarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 43 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,624

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Reference Librarian Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Reference Librarian

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Reference Librarian Salaries

▲27%

▲7%

▲5%

National Average
$47,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Reference Librarian Salaries


Bibliographic Instruction
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National Average
$47,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
no benefits
None: 14%
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