Most School Library Media Specialists in the United States are women. The workforce as a whole earns a median of approximately $49K per year. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,973 - $76,446
(Median)
$29K
$49K
$76K
MEDIAN: $48,757
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90%

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$11.33 - $29.94
(Median)
$11
$16
$30
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$28,973 - $76,446  
   
Bonus
$500  
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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$25,934 - $74,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.33 - $29.94  
   
Overtime
$26.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$500  
   
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).
)
$25,934 - $74,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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Job Description for School Library Media Specialist

School library media specialists work in libraries within schools, but also commonly have a teaching background. These specialists must be able to easily locate, evaluate, and summarize information and demonstrate these skills for students, and both traditional and modern tools and resources should be taught and used.

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School Library Media Specialist Tasks

  • 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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School Library Media Specialists may not see large compensation differences if they transition into an upper-level role such as Librarian. Librarians on average make about as much as School Library Media Specialists do.

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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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of School Library Media Specialists. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $37K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $47K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. 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 $64K.

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Experience Affects School Library Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 34%

Experienced
up arrow 26%

National Average
$48,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 1%

Entry-Level
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
93 %
Male
7 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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