Head Librarian Salary

More than half of Head Librarians in the United States have been in the field for more than 10 years. Pay can fall anywhere from $41K to $88K per year, but median earnings come to around $56K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Head Librarians making up 79 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,304 - $88,498
$43K
$57K
$88K
MEDIAN: $57,467
10%
50%
90%

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$19.97 - $22.82
$21
MEDIAN: $21.36
50%

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$0$88K
Salary $43,304 - $88,498
Bonus $10,150
Total Pay (?
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$42,075 - $87,053
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 56
Hourly Data $0$22
Hourly Rate $21.36
Annual Data $0$87K
Bonus $10,150
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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$42,075 - $87,053
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 7

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Job Description for Head Librarian

Head librarians can work for public libraries, university libraries, the Library of Congress, or school libraries. Head librarians are responsible for the daily operation of their library. They manage a collection of books and other media. They supervise library staff, library assistants, and library volunteers. They are also responsible for various administrative tasks. They are usually involved in establishing their library’s budget and employee’s salaries and benefits. However, large libraries may have their own human resources, which handle employee hiring, employees’ salaries and benefits, and other personnel-related matters.

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Head Librarian Tasks

  • Manage library staff, budget, and policies, including goals for services and systems.
  • Develop and guide instructional offerings for online and in-person services.
  • Partner with internal and external groups to meet needs, build partnerships, and provide services.
  • Oversee metadata and cataloguing to increase resource discovery and use.
  • Manage and grow online and physical assets for lending, increasing accessibility and meeting demand.

Common Career Paths for Head Librarian


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Pay by Experience Level for Head Librarian

Pay by Experience for a Head Librarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Head Librarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 18 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Head Librarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 15 salaries. An experienced Head Librarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 23 salaries. A Head Librarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 17 salaries.

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Key Stats for Head Librarian

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%
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Experience Affects Head Librarian Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

Experienced
▲3%

National Average
$55,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼14%

Skills That Affect Head Librarian Salaries

People Management
▲2%

National Average
$55,000

Reference Services
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 10 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
21%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
no benefits
None: 7%
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