School Librarian Salary

Average School Librarians in the United States make around $47K per year. There are far more female School Librarians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 88 percent. The majority of School Librarians claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — close to a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a large number have medical insurance and a little more than half receive dental plans. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,357 - $68,972
(Median)
$30K
$47K
$69K
MEDIAN: $47,314
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$8.38 - $19.35
(Median)
$8
$15
$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$30,357 - $68,972  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
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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$26,446 - $66,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.38 - $19.35  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,000  
   
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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$26,446 - $66,550  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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.


For many School Librarians, more experience generally translates to higher pay. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $35K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, School Librarians make a median salary of $49K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $58K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects School Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 31%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Mid-Career
0%

National Average
$44,000

Entry-Level
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 21%
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