School Library Media Specialist Salary

Earnings for School Library Media Specialists in the United States come in at around $44K annually on average. Compensation ranges between $28K and $72K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female School Library Media Specialists far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for School Library Media Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,258 - $72,621
(Median)
$28K
$44K
$73K
MEDIAN: $43,503
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$11.84 - $25.34
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $16.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$28,258 - $72,621  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
Total Pay (?
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$28,105 - $72,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 138
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $25.34  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,483  
   
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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$28,105 - $72,059  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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Job Description for School Library Media Specialist

  • Develop a curriculum to teach multimedia and library skills to students.
  • Provide resources to students and instructors.
  • Help students and instructors identify and locate media.
  • Instruct students and instructors on how to use equipment.

Common Career Paths for School Library Media Specialist


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As School Library Media Specialists make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Librarian position pays around the same amount as the School Library Media Specialist job on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for School Library Media Specialist

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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $34K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $44K. For School Library Media Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $55K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects School Library Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$42,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 12%
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