Librarian Salary

The average Librarian in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K annually. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Librarians. Women make up the vast majority of Librarians (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$33,637 - $70,192
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$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $48,849
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$9.79 - $28.64
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MEDIAN: $18.04
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$0$70K
Salary $33,637 - $70,192
Bonus $554 - $9,933
Profit Sharing $2,525
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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$27,967 - $68,618
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,079
Hourly Data $0$48
Hourly Rate $9.79 - $28.64
Hourly Tips $3.75
Overtime $9.93 - $48.25
Annual Data $0$68K
Bonus $554 - $9,933
Profit Sharing $2,525
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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$27,967 - $68,618
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 292

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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.

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 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.

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: $47,083

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 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.

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Key Stats for Librarian

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Librarian Salaries

▲24%

▲5%

▲1%

National Average
$47,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Librarian Salaries

Acquisitions
▲11%


Web Development
▲6%






National Average
$47,000


Web Design
▼2%

▼5%


Program Development
▼25%

Activities for Children
▼26%

Event Planning
▼26%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 186 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 13%
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