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Librarian Average Salary in Australia 2022

How much money does a Librarian make in Australia?

Average Yearly Salary
65,300 AUD
( 5,440 AUD monthly)


A person working as a Librarian in Australia typically earns around 65,300 AUD per year. Salaries range from 33,900 AUD (lowest) to 99,900 AUD (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Librarian salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Librarian Salary Distribution in Australia

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Australia range from 33,900 AUD per year (minimum salary) to 99,900 AUD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 62,700 AUD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 62,700 AUD while the other half are earning more than 62,700 AUD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 43,500 AUD while 75% of them are earning more than 43,500 AUD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 78,000 AUD while 25% are earning more than 78,000 AUD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Librarian Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Librarian salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Librarian with less than two years of experience makes approximately 38,600 AUD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 51,700 AUD per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 67,200 AUD per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Librarian(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 81,400 AUD per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 89,000 AUD per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 93,600 AUD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Australia

0 - 2 Years
38,600 AUD
2 - 5 Years+34%
51,700 AUD
5 - 10 Years+30%
67,200 AUD
10 - 15 Years+21%
81,400 AUD
15 - 20 Years+9%
89,000 AUD
20+ Years+5%
93,600 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Librarian Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Librarian(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Librarian salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Certificate or Diploma, the average salary of a Librarian is 48,400 AUD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 87,300 AUD per year, 80% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Australia

Certificate or Diploma
48,400 AUD
Bachelor's Degree+80%
87,300 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Librarian Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Librarian employees in Australia earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

63,700 AUD
67,100 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Australia for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Australia

How much are annual salary increments in Australia for Librarian(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Librarian(s) in Australia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 16 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Australia / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Australia is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Australia for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Librarian Bonus and Incentive Rates in Australia

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Australia Librarian
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A Librarian is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Librarian Average Hourly Wage in Australia

31 AUD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Australia is 31 AUD. This means that the average Librarian in Australia earns approximately 31 AUD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Librarian VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Librarian is 32% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

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Academic Manager112,000 AUD+72%
Academic Specialist85,500 AUD+31%
Academic Staff74,900 AUD+15%
Accompanist78,700 AUD+21%
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Agricultural Sciences Teacher78,000 AUD+19%
Anthropology Teacher81,100 AUD+24%
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Architecture Teacher86,400 AUD+32%
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Art Teacher69,500 AUD+6%
Assistant School Principal100,000 AUD+53%
Assistant Teacher69,900 AUD+7%
Biochemistry Professor 143,000 AUD+120%
Biology Teacher79,400 AUD+22%
Bursary Scheme Manager94,600 AUD+45%
Business Teacher82,200 AUD+26%
Chemistry Teacher76,900 AUD+18%
Child Care Coordinator80,200 AUD+23%
Child Care Worker65,500 AUD+0%
Clinical School Psychologist117,000 AUD+79%
College Aide96,700 AUD+48%
College and Career Readiness Specialist104,000 AUD+59%
College President173,000 AUD+170%
Communications Teacher82,400 AUD+26%
Community Education Officer66,500 AUD+2%
Computer Science Teacher71,300 AUD+9%
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Creative Writing Trainer88,300 AUD+35%
Credit Counselor92,500 AUD+42%
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Curriculum Developer103,000 AUD+58%
Curriculum Specialist105,000 AUD+61%
Demonstrator73,300 AUD+12%
Deputy Controller of Examinations98,100 AUD+50%
Director of Learning Technology102,000 AUD+56%
Distance Learning Coordinator89,400 AUD+37%
Economics Lecturer135,000 AUD+110%
Education Administrator89,400 AUD+37%
Education Assistant Director98,900 AUD+52%
Education Assistant Principal88,100 AUD+35%
Education Assistant Professor108,000 AUD+65%
Education Consultant106,000 AUD+62%
Education Coordinator86,500 AUD+33%
Education Counselor87,100 AUD+33%
Education Director134,000 AUD+110%
Education Program Specialist97,000 AUD+49%
Education Researcher111,000 AUD+70%
Education Resource Specialist85,500 AUD+31%
Education Services Facilitator91,400 AUD+40%
Educational Psychologist125,000 AUD+91%
EFL Teacher78,000 AUD+19%
eLearning Trainer68,500 AUD+5%
Elementary School Teacher64,700 AUD-1%
Engineering Lecturer127,000 AUD+95%
Engineering Teacher107,000 AUD+64%
English Teacher71,800 AUD+10%
ESL Teacher77,200 AUD+18%
Faculty Assistant95,300 AUD+46%
Foreign Language Teacher72,500 AUD+11%
GED Teacher68,600 AUD+5%
Geography Teacher73,000 AUD+12%
Head of Mathematics Department102,000 AUD+56%
Head of School127,000 AUD+95%
High School Teacher89,400 AUD+37%
History Teacher79,700 AUD+22%
Infant Teacher57,800 AUD-11%
Instructional Assistant84,800 AUD+30%
Instructor90,200 AUD+38%
Kindergarten Teacher64,700 AUD-1%
Language Instructor For Expatriate65,300 AUD+0%
Law Teacher116,000 AUD+78%
Learning Designer97,800 AUD+50%
Lecturer136,000 AUD+110%
Librarian65,300 AUD+0%
Library Assistant51,800 AUD-21%
Library Director95,700 AUD+47%
Library Specialist67,400 AUD+3%
Life Sciences Teacher79,500 AUD+22%
Math Lecturer147,000 AUD+130%
Mathematics Teacher89,400 AUD+37%
Mentor88,600 AUD+36%
Middle School Teacher78,700 AUD+21%
Music Teacher75,300 AUD+15%
Nursery Manager113,000 AUD+73%
Nursery Worker47,300 AUD-28%
Paraprofessional104,000 AUD+59%
Physical Education Specialist86,000 AUD+32%
Physical Education Teacher73,000 AUD+12%
Physics Teacher 81,500 AUD+25%
Political Science Teacher78,500 AUD+20%
Post Doctoral Researcher128,000 AUD+96%
Preschool Education Administrator85,600 AUD+31%
Preschool Teacher65,700 AUD+1%
Primary School Teacher67,900 AUD+4%
Principal109,000 AUD+67%
Product Specialist89,900 AUD+38%
Professor - Accounting144,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Architecture149,000 AUD+130%
Professor - Biology132,000 AUD+100%
Professor - Business Administration130,000 AUD+99%
Professor - Chemical Engineering144,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Chemistry144,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Civil Engineering135,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Communication136,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Computer Science145,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Dentistry153,000 AUD+130%
Professor - Drama129,000 AUD+98%
Professor - Economics141,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Education140,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Electrical Engineering148,000 AUD+130%
Professor - English136,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Environmental Engineering147,000 AUD+130%
Professor - Foreign Languages138,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences145,000 AUD+120%
Professor - History134,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Industrial Engineering135,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Law148,000 AUD+130%
Professor - Legal Support133,000 AUD+100%
Professor - Liberal Arts141,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Marketing134,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Mathematics156,000 AUD+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering154,000 AUD+140%
Professor - Medical Administration143,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Medicine163,000 AUD+150%
Professor - Music126,000 AUD+93%
Professor - Nursing131,000 AUD+100%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences140,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Philosophy143,000 AUD+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy152,000 AUD+130%
Professor - Physics159,000 AUD+140%
Professor - Psychology132,000 AUD+100%
Professor - Rehabilitation125,000 AUD+91%
Professor - Social Work124,000 AUD+90%
Professor - Sociology137,000 AUD+110%
Professor - Special Education142,000 AUD+120%
Psychology Teacher121,000 AUD+85%
Public Management Assistant Professor120,000 AUD+84%
School Counselor109,000 AUD+67%
Science Educator77,800 AUD+19%
Science Laboratory Assistant67,600 AUD+4%
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Secondary Mathematics Teacher81,900 AUD+25%
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Special Education Teacher78,100 AUD+20%
Special Needs Assistant67,800 AUD+4%
Statistics Lecturer139,000 AUD+110%
Student Accounts Coordinator77,000 AUD+18%
Student Development Specialist89,500 AUD+37%
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Student Services69,700 AUD+7%
Student Support Manager89,300 AUD+37%
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Teacher68,300 AUD+5%
Teacher Aide60,600 AUD-7%
Teacher Trainer96,100 AUD+47%
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Training Coordinator67,300 AUD+3%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Adelaide65,900 AUD
Brisbane67,800 AUD
Canberra-Queanbeyan64,300 AUD
Gold Coast-Tweed65,000 AUD
Gosford59,900 AUD
Melbourne68,800 AUD
Newcastle62,700 AUD
Perth66,900 AUD
Sunshine Coast62,300 AUD
Sydney69,700 AUD
Wollongong60,600 AUD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Australia earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
88,600 AUD
Public Sector+5%
93,000 AUD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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