Average Reference Librarian Salary

$49,398
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$989
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The average salary for a Reference Librarian is $49,398.
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$36k
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MEDIAN $49,398
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Salary
$36k - $68k
Bonus
$113 - $5k
Total Pay
$33k - $67k

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Job Description for Reference Librarian

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Popular Skills for Reference Librarian

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.

Pay by Experience Level for Reference Librarian

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 $41,279 based on 41 salaries. An early career Reference Librarian with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $45,762 based on 199 salaries. A mid-career Reference Librarian with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,715 based on 115 salaries. An experienced Reference Librarian with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $50,842 based on 100 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $60,001.
Employees with Reference Librarian in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 33.4% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (18.4% more) and Boston, Massachusetts (11.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (3.0% less) and Atlanta, Georgia (1.9% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 514 survey responses.
Entry Level
8.0%
Early Career
38.7%
Mid Career
22.4%
Experienced
19.5%
Late Career
11.5%