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School Library Media Specialist Salary

School Library Media Specialists in the United States take home approximately $43K per year on average. Earnings generally vary between $28K and $71K per year. The vast majority (87 percent) of School Library Media Specialists who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,152 - $72,094
(Median)
$28K
$43K
$72K
MEDIAN: $43,096
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$11.84 - $24.19
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$28,152 - $72,094  
   
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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$28,008 - $71,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 145
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $24.19  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$28,008 - $71,012  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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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School Library Media Specialists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Librarian. On average, Librarians get paid about the same 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.


For many School Library Media Specialists, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $54K.

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Experience Affects School Library Media Specialist Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 32%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

National Average
$41,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 14%
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