$49,293
Avg. Salary
$19.14
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,526

Bonus

$1,250

Profit Sharing

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Librarian is $19.14 per hour.

The average pay for a Librarian is $49,293 per year.

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$10.04
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$35k
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MEDIAN $49,293
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$0$71K
Salary $34,917 - $71,132
Bonus $127 - $5,197
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,361 - $69,253
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,891
Hourly Data $0$46
Hourly Rate $10.04 - $28.66
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $8.93 - $46.18
Annual Data $0$69K
Bonus $127 - $5,197
Profit Sharing $1,250
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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$29,361 - $69,253
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 566

Job Description for Librarian

A librarian can work at a public library, a school library, a university library, or a government library. Some large companies may also maintain a librarian, in order to organize documents and literature related to the company.

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Librarian Tasks
  • Assist patrons with finding resources and locating books.
  • Select, acquire, catalogue, classify, circulate and maintain library materials.
  • Check books in and out of the library.

Popular Employer Salaries for Librarian


Although University of Washington (UW) boasts the highest average salary in town at $60K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $40K or as much as $80K.

Common Career Paths for Librarian


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Librarians often transition into upper-level roles like Library Director, for which the average compensation is $55K per year. The most common career progression for Librarians leads to becoming a School Librarian, where pay is typically $41K. However, many Librarians also opt to become Head Librarians, a position that pays $50K on average.

Librarian Job Listings

Popular Skills for Librarian


Survey results imply that Librarians deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Acquisitions, Web Development, People Management, and Information Technology Support are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 12 percent. Those listing Event Planning as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Activities for Children and Program Development also typically command lower compensation. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Collection Development.

Pay by Experience Level for Librarian

Pay by Experience for a Librarian has a positive trend. An entry-level Librarian with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 620 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Librarian with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 406 salaries. An experienced Librarian which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 361 salaries. A Librarian with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 197 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,370

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

San Diego offers some of the highest pay in the country for Librarians, 33 percent above the national average. Librarians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+30 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), New York (+19 percent), and Seattle (+11 percent). Indianapolis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers in Dallas and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

Librarian Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Librarian?

Librarian in St. Louis:
"Diamond in the rough."
Pros: Low cost of living, everything is close, traffic isn't horrible.
Cons: The weather, the conservative politics.

Librarian in Austin:
"It doesn't pay to stay."
Move jobs every 3-5 years while you're young, if you want to be adequately compensated. When my job became permanent at the University of Texas at Austin, I assumed excellent work and dedication would be rewarded. Instead my salary has stagnated, despite being professionally active and assuming more responsibilities annually.

Librarian in Whitesburg:
"Being a Librarian is NOT a Extra Job for Buying Purses."
Those interested in pursuing a satisfying career in helping people locate information and entertainment needs must realize that local boards are often made up of individuals who are one to two generations removed. As such, they feel that being a librarian is a privilege for young women who are looking for extra income to buy nice outfits and shoes and purses. THIS is not the case. Every librarian I know works hard to serve the public through locating information and sources, while keeping a quiet smile on their face. There are reports to file and programs to schedule and conduct. We are providing much needed income for our families. In recent years, more and more males have come into the field. With luck, this may mean wages will be adjusted. However, most males are hired to administrate the workers. Those in the field need to help boards understand that we need benefits; that we are NOT dependent upon husbands to meet deficits in pays and benefits.

Librarian in Washington:
"You are a researcher, IT, and community organizer."
Pros: The books and reference work.
Cons: Customer service can be very challenging. Nothing can prepare you for some of things people will say to your face.

Librarian in Pittsburgh:
"Do not seek the MLIS."
The market is saturated with part time jobs that do not provide a living wage and full of loud, overachieving candidates. You're better off staying a paraprofessional without acquiring additional student debt.

Librarian in Jonesboro:
"Advice."
Learn to write clearly.

Librarian in Johannesburg:
"Online searches."
Must have passion and be able to do enquiries.

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Key Stats for Librarian

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
17 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 330 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Experience Affects Librarian Salaries

▲23%

▲5%

▼0%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
▲10%

Web Development
▲6%






National Average
$47,000



Web Design
▼3%


▼6%

Activities for Children
▼26%

Program Development
▼26%

Event Planning
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 330 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
17 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 13%