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Librarian Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2021

How much money does a Librarian make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
62,200 LKR
( 747,000 LKR yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in Sri Lanka typically earns around 62,200 LKR per month. Salaries range from 28,600 LKR (lowest) to 99,000 LKR (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 Sri Lanka

Median and salary distribution monthly Sri Lanka Librarian
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Sri Lanka range from 28,600 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 99,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 67,200 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 67,200 LKR while the other half are earning more than 67,200 LKR. 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 43,100 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 43,100 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 89,700 LKR while 25% are earning more than 89,700 LKR.

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 32,500 LKR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 43,400 LKR per month, 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 64,100 LKR per month, 48% 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 78,200 LKR per month, 22% 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 85,200 LKR per month, 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 92,300 LKR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Sri Lanka

0 - 2 Years
32,500 LKR
2 - 5 Years+34%
43,400 LKR
5 - 10 Years+48%
64,100 LKR
10 - 15 Years+22%
78,200 LKR
15 - 20 Years+9%
85,200 LKR
20+ Years+8%
92,300 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 37,800 LKR per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 72,900 LKR per month, 93% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Sri Lanka

Certificate or Diploma
37,800 LKR
Bachelor's Degree+93%
72,900 LKR
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 Sri Lanka earn 14% less than their female counterparts on average.

57,400 LKR
67,100 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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


Librarian(s) in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 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.

Sri Lanka / 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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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 Sri Lanka

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

68% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% 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 Sri Lanka

360 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 360 LKR. This means that the average Librarian in Sri Lanka earns approximately 360 LKR 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 35% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

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Anthropology Teacher80,100 LKR+29%
Arabic Language Teacher71,000 LKR+14%
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Architecture Teacher90,100 LKR+45%
Archivist65,300 LKR+5%
Art Teacher73,900 LKR+19%
Assistant School Principal105,000 LKR+69%
Assistant Teacher68,800 LKR+11%
Biochemistry Professor 144,000 LKR+130%
Biology Teacher82,000 LKR+32%
Bursary Scheme Manager95,200 LKR+53%
Business Teacher80,200 LKR+29%
Chemistry Teacher78,700 LKR+26%
Child Care Coordinator81,400 LKR+31%
Child Care Worker65,900 LKR+6%
Clinical School Psychologist115,000 LKR+85%
College Aide100,000 LKR+61%
College and Career Readiness Specialist107,000 LKR+72%
College President173,000 LKR+180%
Communications Teacher82,400 LKR+32%
Community Education Officer68,800 LKR+11%
Computer Science Teacher72,700 LKR+17%
Computer Teacher71,200 LKR+14%
Creative Writing Trainer92,000 LKR+48%
Credit Counselor92,800 LKR+49%
Cultural Studies Teacher75,100 LKR+21%
Curriculum Developer99,300 LKR+60%
Curriculum Specialist99,700 LKR+60%
Demonstrator70,700 LKR+14%
Deputy Controller of Examinations97,300 LKR+56%
Director of Learning Technology107,000 LKR+72%
Distance Learning Coordinator87,500 LKR+41%
Economics Lecturer131,000 LKR+110%
Education Administrator88,500 LKR+42%
Education Assistant Director104,000 LKR+67%
Education Assistant Principal85,500 LKR+37%
Education Assistant Professor112,000 LKR+80%
Education Consultant107,000 LKR+72%
Education Coordinator81,700 LKR+31%
Education Counselor90,100 LKR+45%
Education Director137,000 LKR+120%
Education Program Specialist95,000 LKR+53%
Education Researcher108,000 LKR+74%
Education Resource Specialist82,300 LKR+32%
Education Services Facilitator87,100 LKR+40%
Educational Psychologist118,000 LKR+90%
EFL Teacher79,200 LKR+27%
eLearning Trainer73,300 LKR+18%
Elementary School Teacher64,000 LKR+3%
Engineering Lecturer133,000 LKR+110%
Engineering Teacher104,000 LKR+67%
English Teacher69,800 LKR+12%
ESL Teacher80,800 LKR+30%
Faculty Assistant99,000 LKR+59%
Foreign Language Teacher70,200 LKR+13%
GED Teacher67,600 LKR+9%
Geography Teacher71,500 LKR+15%
Head of Mathematics Department109,000 LKR+75%
Head of School123,000 LKR+98%
High School Teacher87,400 LKR+40%
History Teacher76,600 LKR+23%
Infant Teacher57,600 LKR-7%
Instructional Assistant84,800 LKR+36%
Instructor85,200 LKR+37%
Kindergarten Teacher59,900 LKR-4%
Language Instructor For Expatriate62,200 LKR-0%
Law Teacher109,000 LKR+75%
Learning Designer94,300 LKR+52%
Lecturer131,000 LKR+110%
Librarian62,200 LKR-0%
Library Assistant53,700 LKR-14%
Library Director94,800 LKR+52%
Library Specialist67,800 LKR+9%
Life Sciences Teacher77,200 LKR+24%
Math Lecturer144,000 LKR+130%
Mathematics Teacher87,700 LKR+41%
Mentor90,000 LKR+45%
Middle School Teacher85,400 LKR+37%
Music Teacher69,600 LKR+12%
Nursery Manager120,000 LKR+93%
Nursery Worker50,000 LKR-20%
Paraprofessional103,000 LKR+65%
Physical Education Specialist85,700 LKR+38%
Physical Education Teacher67,900 LKR+9%
Physics Teacher 82,900 LKR+33%
Political Science Teacher83,500 LKR+34%
Post Doctoral Researcher123,000 LKR+98%
Preschool Education Administrator83,800 LKR+35%
Preschool Teacher65,800 LKR+6%
Primary School Teacher69,600 LKR+12%
Principal117,000 LKR+88%
Product Specialist83,100 LKR+34%
Professor - Accounting136,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Architecture139,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Biology135,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Business Administration132,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering146,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Chemistry144,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Civil Engineering134,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Communication133,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Computer Science141,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Dentistry147,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Drama136,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Economics147,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Education145,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Electrical Engineering152,000 LKR+140%
Professor - English138,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Environmental Engineering148,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Foreign Languages138,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Geological Sciences143,000 LKR+130%
Professor - History145,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Industrial Engineering131,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Law142,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Legal Support127,000 LKR+100%
Professor - Liberal Arts134,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Marketing139,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Mathematics147,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering144,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Medical Administration145,000 LKR+130%
Professor - Medicine164,000 LKR+160%
Professor - Music126,000 LKR+100%
Professor - Nursing130,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences137,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Philosophy139,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy147,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Physics152,000 LKR+140%
Professor - Psychology138,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Rehabilitation130,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Social Work128,000 LKR+110%
Professor - Sociology140,000 LKR+120%
Professor - Special Education143,000 LKR+130%
Psychology Teacher120,000 LKR+93%
Public Management Assistant Professor115,000 LKR+85%
School Counselor111,000 LKR+78%
Science Educator77,600 LKR+25%
Science Laboratory Assistant66,800 LKR+7%
Science Teacher74,900 LKR+20%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher78,100 LKR+25%
Secondary School Teacher77,500 LKR+25%
Special Education Teacher80,200 LKR+29%
Special Needs Assistant65,600 LKR+5%
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Student Accounts Coordinator73,300 LKR+18%
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Student Employment Specialist86,500 LKR+39%
Student Services69,600 LKR+12%
Student Support Manager92,400 LKR+48%
Substitute Teacher64,300 LKR+3%
Teacher72,900 LKR+17%
Teacher Aide62,200 LKR-0%
Teacher Trainer90,200 LKR+45%
Training and Development Specialist102,000 LKR+64%
Training Coordinator71,500 LKR+15%
Tutor73,900 LKR+19%
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Vocational Education Teacher78,100 LKR+25%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Colombo73,000 LKR

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 Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
86,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
92,500 LKR
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