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School Librarian Salary (United States)

School Librarians in the United States are largely women. The group as a whole has a nationwide average of $48K per year for pay. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair portion have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. Most School Librarians report high levels of job satisfaction. Responses to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this outline.
School Librarian Salary (?
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$30,948 - $71,325
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48K
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MEDIAN: $47,745
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School Librarian Salary (?
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$8.33 - $22.59
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$30,948 - $71,325  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,096  
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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$26,093 - $68,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 181
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.33 - $22.59  
   
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$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,096  
   
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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$26,093 - $68,638  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 36
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Job Description for School Librarian

  • Monitor and oversee information literacy campaigns and reading projects.
  • Create and deliver curriculum, and support instruction and classroom projects.
  • Oversee library, including helping students find materials and developing the collection.
  • Supervise and schedule volunteers and support staff.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Librarian

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $36K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $43K. For School Librarians, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $56K. The majority of School Librarians have only one to 10 years of practice in the field. Workers with 10 to 20 years make up the second biggest group followed by those with more than 20 years under their belt.
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Experience Affects School Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%
Experienced
up arrow 13%
National Average
$45,000
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

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Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
91%
female alumni
 
Male
9%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%