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Librarian Average Salary in Panama 2021

How much money does a Librarian make in Panama?

Average Monthly Salary
1,400 PAB
( 16,800 PAB yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in Panama typically earns around 1,400 PAB per month. Salaries range from 690 PAB (lowest) to 2,180 PAB (highest).

This is the average monthly 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 Panama

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Panama range from 690 PAB per month (minimum salary) to 2,180 PAB per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,430 PAB per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 1,430 PAB while the other half are earning more than 1,430 PAB. 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 950 PAB while 75% of them are earning more than 950 PAB. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 1,840 PAB while 25% are earning more than 1,840 PAB.

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 810 PAB per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,050 PAB per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 1,440 PAB per month, 38% 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 1,790 PAB per month, 24% 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 1,910 PAB per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 2,040 PAB per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Panama

0 - 2 Years
810 PAB
2 - 5 Years+29%
1,050 PAB
5 - 10 Years+38%
1,440 PAB
10 - 15 Years+24%
1,790 PAB
15 - 20 Years+7%
1,910 PAB
20+ Years+7%
2,040 PAB
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 1,150 PAB per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 1,760 PAB per month, 53% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Panama

Certificate or Diploma
1,150 PAB
Bachelor's Degree+53%
1,760 PAB
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 Panama earn 8% less than their female counterparts on average.

1,340 PAB
1,450 PAB
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Panama for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Panama

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


Librarian(s) in Panama are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 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.

Panama / 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 Panama is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Panama for the year 2020. 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 Panama

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Panama 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.

72% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 28% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% 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 Panama

8 PAB per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Panama is 8 PAB. This means that the average Librarian in Panama earns approximately 8 PAB 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

Salary Comparison Between Librarian and Teaching / Education monthly Panama
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The average salary for Librarian is 38% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor2,300 PAB+64%
Academic Coach2,150 PAB+54%
Academic Manager2,600 PAB+86%
Academic Specialist1,900 PAB+36%
Academic Staff1,590 PAB+14%
Accompanist1,730 PAB+24%
Achievement Coach2,230 PAB+59%
Admissions Specialist1,910 PAB+37%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher1,740 PAB+24%
Anthropology Teacher1,720 PAB+23%
Arabic Language Teacher1,660 PAB+19%
Archeology Teacher1,870 PAB+34%
Architecture Teacher1,970 PAB+41%
Archivist1,530 PAB+9%
Art Teacher1,570 PAB+12%
Assistant School Principal2,280 PAB+63%
Assistant Teacher1,520 PAB+9%
Biochemistry Professor 3,000 PAB+110%
Biology Teacher1,730 PAB+24%
Bursary Scheme Manager1,980 PAB+42%
Business Teacher1,870 PAB+34%
Chemistry Teacher1,760 PAB+26%
Child Care Coordinator1,760 PAB+26%
Child Care Worker1,370 PAB-2%
Clinical School Psychologist2,580 PAB+84%
College Aide2,070 PAB+48%
College and Career Readiness Specialist2,350 PAB+68%
College President3,830 PAB+170%
Communications Teacher1,800 PAB+29%
Community Education Officer1,450 PAB+4%
Computer Science Teacher1,700 PAB+22%
Computer Teacher1,680 PAB+20%
Creative Writing Trainer2,050 PAB+47%
Credit Counselor2,190 PAB+57%
Cultural Studies Teacher1,630 PAB+17%
Curriculum Developer2,350 PAB+68%
Curriculum Specialist2,300 PAB+64%
Demonstrator1,480 PAB+6%
Deputy Controller of Examinations2,050 PAB+47%
Director of Learning Technology2,300 PAB+64%
Distance Learning Coordinator2,000 PAB+43%
Economics Lecturer2,900 PAB+110%
Education Administrator1,870 PAB+34%
Education Assistant Director2,360 PAB+69%
Education Assistant Principal1,890 PAB+35%
Education Assistant Professor2,530 PAB+81%
Education Consultant2,410 PAB+72%
Education Coordinator1,790 PAB+28%
Education Counselor2,110 PAB+51%
Education Director3,080 PAB+120%
Education Program Specialist2,160 PAB+54%
Education Researcher2,360 PAB+69%
Education Resource Specialist1,920 PAB+37%
Education Services Facilitator1,960 PAB+40%
Educational Psychologist2,560 PAB+83%
EFL Teacher1,720 PAB+23%
eLearning Trainer1,640 PAB+17%
Elementary School Teacher1,360 PAB-3%
Engineering Lecturer2,860 PAB+100%
Engineering Teacher2,490 PAB+78%
English Teacher1,670 PAB+19%
ESL Teacher1,740 PAB+24%
Faculty Assistant2,240 PAB+60%
Foreign Language Teacher1,580 PAB+13%
GED Teacher1,620 PAB+16%
Geography Teacher1,630 PAB+17%
Head of Mathematics Department2,340 PAB+67%
Head of School2,700 PAB+93%
High School Teacher1,830 PAB+31%
History Teacher1,790 PAB+28%
Infant Teacher1,280 PAB-9%
Instructional Assistant1,850 PAB+32%
Instructor1,840 PAB+32%
Kindergarten Teacher1,360 PAB-3%
Language Instructor For Expatriate1,400 PAB+0%
Law Teacher2,400 PAB+72%
Learning Designer1,970 PAB+41%
Lecturer2,950 PAB+110%
Librarian1,400 PAB+0%
Library Assistant1,110 PAB-21%
Library Director2,000 PAB+43%
Library Specialist1,570 PAB+12%
Life Sciences Teacher1,700 PAB+22%
Math Lecturer3,020 PAB+120%
Mathematics Teacher1,980 PAB+42%
Mentor1,940 PAB+39%
Middle School Teacher1,730 PAB+24%
Music Teacher1,600 PAB+14%
Nursery Manager2,470 PAB+77%
Nursery Worker1,090 PAB-22%
Paraprofessional2,250 PAB+61%
Physical Education Specialist1,910 PAB+37%
Physical Education Teacher1,490 PAB+7%
Physics Teacher 1,760 PAB+26%
Political Science Teacher1,770 PAB+27%
Post Doctoral Researcher2,700 PAB+93%
Preschool Education Administrator1,910 PAB+37%
Preschool Teacher1,420 PAB+2%
Primary School Teacher1,570 PAB+12%
Principal2,400 PAB+72%
Product Specialist1,890 PAB+35%
Professor - Accounting2,950 PAB+110%
Professor - Architecture3,210 PAB+130%
Professor - Biology3,010 PAB+120%
Professor - Business Administration2,830 PAB+100%
Professor - Chemical Engineering3,320 PAB+140%
Professor - Chemistry3,160 PAB+130%
Professor - Civil Engineering2,830 PAB+100%
Professor - Communication3,010 PAB+120%
Professor - Computer Science3,060 PAB+120%
Professor - Dentistry3,080 PAB+120%
Professor - Drama3,040 PAB+120%
Professor - Economics3,170 PAB+130%
Professor - Education3,010 PAB+120%
Professor - Electrical Engineering3,360 PAB+140%
Professor - English2,940 PAB+110%
Professor - Environmental Engineering3,040 PAB+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages3,020 PAB+120%
Professor - Geological Sciences3,020 PAB+120%
Professor - History2,950 PAB+110%
Professor - Industrial Engineering3,120 PAB+120%
Professor - Law3,280 PAB+130%
Professor - Legal Support2,820 PAB+100%
Professor - Liberal Arts3,150 PAB+130%
Professor - Marketing3,240 PAB+130%
Professor - Mathematics3,330 PAB+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering3,150 PAB+130%
Professor - Medical Administration3,400 PAB+140%
Professor - Medicine3,700 PAB+160%
Professor - Music2,730 PAB+95%
Professor - Nursing3,000 PAB+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences3,060 PAB+120%
Professor - Philosophy2,980 PAB+110%
Professor - Physical Therapy3,350 PAB+140%
Professor - Physics3,340 PAB+140%
Professor - Psychology2,940 PAB+110%
Professor - Rehabilitation2,930 PAB+110%
Professor - Social Work2,780 PAB+99%
Professor - Sociology2,940 PAB+110%
Professor - Special Education3,200 PAB+130%
Psychology Teacher2,520 PAB+80%
Public Management Assistant Professor2,610 PAB+87%
School Counselor2,390 PAB+71%
Science Educator1,720 PAB+23%
Science Laboratory Assistant1,580 PAB+13%
Science Teacher1,700 PAB+22%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher1,760 PAB+26%
Secondary School Teacher1,730 PAB+24%
Special Education Teacher1,780 PAB+27%
Special Needs Assistant1,480 PAB+6%
Statistics Lecturer2,990 PAB+110%
Student Accounts Coordinator1,670 PAB+19%
Student Development Specialist1,970 PAB+41%
Student Employment Specialist2,000 PAB+43%
Student Services1,530 PAB+9%
Student Support Manager2,160 PAB+54%
Substitute Teacher1,450 PAB+4%
Teacher1,500 PAB+7%
Teacher Aide1,370 PAB-2%
Teacher Trainer2,050 PAB+47%
Training and Development Specialist2,250 PAB+61%
Training Coordinator1,520 PAB+9%
Tutor1,680 PAB+20%
University Teacher2,930 PAB+110%
Vocational Education Teacher1,660 PAB+19%

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 Panama earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,060 PAB
Public Sector+5%
2,170 PAB
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