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Average Reference Librarian Salary

$49,485
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$950
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The average salary for a Reference Librarian is $49,485.
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$37k
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$49k
90%
$69k
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What Do Reference Librarians Do?

Job Satisfaction for Reference Librarian

4 out of 5
(53)
Highly Satisfied
4Reviews

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What Are Popular Skills for Reference Librarians?

Skills in Bibliographic Instruction and Collection Development are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Inter-library Loan, Online Research and Reference Services.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Reference Librarians?

An entry-level Reference Librarian with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $44,552 based on 12 salaries. An early career Reference Librarian with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $46,558 based on 145 salaries. A mid-career Reference Librarian with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,914 based on 91 salaries. An experienced Reference Librarian with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $51,720 based on 77 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,926.
Employees with Reference Librarian in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 43.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (19.7% more) and New York, New York (16.8% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Lake Charles, Louisiana (12.6% less), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (4.7% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (2.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 379 survey responses.
Entry Level
3.2%
Early Career
38.3%
Mid Career
24.0%
Experienced
20.3%
Late Career
14.2%