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Librarian Average Salary in United States 2020

How much money does a Librarian make in United States?

Average Yearly Salary
65,700 USD
( 5,470 USD monthly)


A person working as a Librarian in United States typically earns around 65,700 USD per year. Salaries range from 34,100 USD (lowest) to 100,000 USD (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 United States

Median and salary distribution yearly United States Librarian
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in United States range from 34,100 USD per year (minimum salary) to 100,000 USD per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 63,000 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 63,000 USD while the other half are earning more than 63,000 USD. 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 43,700 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 43,700 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 78,500 USD while 25% are earning more than 78,500 USD.

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?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United States Librarian
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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 38,800 USD per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 52,100 USD 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 67,600 USD 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 81,900 USD 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 89,500 USD 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 94,200 USD per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in United States

0 - 2 Years
38,800 USD
2 - 5 Years+34%
52,100 USD
5 - 10 Years+30%
67,600 USD
10 - 15 Years+21%
81,900 USD
15 - 20 Years+9%
89,500 USD
20+ Years+5%
94,200 USD
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 48,700 USD per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 87,900 USD per year, 80% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in United States

Certificate or Diploma
48,700 USD
Bachelor's Degree+80%
87,900 USD
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 United States earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

64,100 USD
67,400 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United States for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United States

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


Librarian(s) in United States 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.

United States / 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 United States is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United States for the year 2019. 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 United States

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United States 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 United States

32 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United States is 32 USD. This means that the average Librarian in United States earns approximately 32 USD 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 yearly United States
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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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor101,000 USD+54%
Academic Coach103,000 USD+57%
Academic Manager115,000 USD+75%
Academic Specialist89,200 USD+36%
Academic Staff79,300 USD+21%
Accompanist87,900 USD+34%
Achievement Coach97,000 USD+48%
Admissions Specialist92,300 USD+41%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher74,700 USD+14%
Anthropology Teacher78,300 USD+19%
Arabic Language Teacher73,000 USD+11%
Archeology Teacher80,800 USD+23%
Architecture Teacher90,500 USD+38%
Archivist70,600 USD+8%
Art Teacher77,900 USD+19%
Assistant School Principal105,000 USD+60%
Assistant Teacher67,300 USD+2%
Biochemistry Professor 145,000 USD+120%
Biology Teacher84,400 USD+29%
Bursary Scheme Manager95,600 USD+46%
Business Teacher86,700 USD+32%
Chemistry Teacher75,100 USD+14%
Child Care Coordinator79,800 USD+22%
Child Care Worker66,200 USD+1%
Clinical School Psychologist121,000 USD+84%
College Aide98,000 USD+49%
College and Career Readiness Specialist107,000 USD+63%
College President178,000 USD+170%
Communications Teacher80,600 USD+23%
Community Education Officer70,700 USD+8%
Computer Science Teacher80,600 USD+23%
Computer Teacher75,200 USD+15%
Creative Writing Trainer99,300 USD+51%
Credit Counselor103,000 USD+57%
Cultural Studies Teacher77,200 USD+18%
Curriculum Developer107,000 USD+63%
Curriculum Specialist105,000 USD+60%
Demonstrator70,900 USD+8%
Deputy Controller of Examinations97,600 USD+49%
Director of Learning Technology113,000 USD+72%
Distance Learning Coordinator87,800 USD+34%
Economics Lecturer138,000 USD+110%
Education Administrator91,000 USD+39%
Education Assistant Director102,000 USD+55%
Education Assistant Principal88,000 USD+34%
Education Assistant Professor115,000 USD+75%
Education Consultant110,000 USD+68%
Education Coordinator84,000 USD+28%
Education Counselor95,000 USD+45%
Education Director148,000 USD+130%
Education Program Specialist103,000 USD+57%
Education Researcher119,000 USD+81%
Education Resource Specialist84,600 USD+29%
Education Services Facilitator91,900 USD+40%
Educational Psychologist128,000 USD+95%
EFL Teacher79,400 USD+21%
eLearning Trainer71,700 USD+9%
Elementary School Teacher65,900 USD+0%
Engineering Lecturer140,000 USD+110%
Engineering Teacher110,000 USD+68%
English Teacher73,700 USD+12%
ESL Teacher85,100 USD+30%
Faculty Assistant102,000 USD+55%
Foreign Language Teacher70,300 USD+7%
GED Teacher75,000 USD+14%
Geography Teacher77,400 USD+18%
Head of Mathematics Department109,000 USD+66%
Head of School137,000 USD+110%
High School Teacher83,300 USD+27%
History Teacher78,800 USD+20%
Infant Teacher59,300 USD-10%
Instructional Assistant83,000 USD+26%
Instructor92,200 USD+40%
Kindergarten Teacher66,400 USD+1%
Language Instructor For Expatriate65,700 USD+0%
Law Teacher112,000 USD+71%
Learning Designer94,600 USD+44%
Lecturer131,000 USD+99%
Librarian65,700 USD+0%
Library Assistant52,500 USD-20%
Library Director95,200 USD+45%
Library Specialist69,700 USD+6%
Life Sciences Teacher79,400 USD+21%
Math Lecturer137,000 USD+110%
Mathematics Teacher92,400 USD+41%
Mentor88,100 USD+34%
Middle School Teacher87,900 USD+34%
Music Teacher73,400 USD+12%
Nursery Manager124,000 USD+89%
Nursery Worker47,800 USD-27%
Paraprofessional108,000 USD+64%
Physical Education Specialist90,300 USD+38%
Physical Education Teacher73,400 USD+12%
Physics Teacher 85,300 USD+30%
Political Science Teacher87,900 USD+34%
Post Doctoral Researcher120,000 USD+83%
Preschool Education Administrator90,700 USD+38%
Preschool Teacher67,700 USD+3%
Primary School Teacher75,200 USD+15%
Principal120,000 USD+83%
Product Specialist92,300 USD+41%
Professor - Accounting147,000 USD+120%
Professor - Architecture140,000 USD+110%
Professor - Biology139,000 USD+110%
Professor - Business Administration140,000 USD+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering157,000 USD+140%
Professor - Chemistry144,000 USD+120%
Professor - Civil Engineering138,000 USD+110%
Professor - Communication140,000 USD+110%
Professor - Computer Science138,000 USD+110%
Professor - Dentistry148,000 USD+130%
Professor - Drama140,000 USD+110%
Professor - Economics155,000 USD+140%
Professor - Education142,000 USD+120%
Professor - Electrical Engineering153,000 USD+130%
Professor - English142,000 USD+120%
Professor - Environmental Engineering142,000 USD+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages135,000 USD+110%
Professor - Geological Sciences144,000 USD+120%
Professor - History149,000 USD+130%
Professor - Industrial Engineering138,000 USD+110%
Professor - Law154,000 USD+130%
Professor - Legal Support141,000 USD+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts137,000 USD+110%
Professor - Marketing146,000 USD+120%
Professor - Mathematics155,000 USD+140%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering155,000 USD+140%
Professor - Medical Administration161,000 USD+150%
Professor - Medicine169,000 USD+160%
Professor - Music133,000 USD+100%
Professor - Nursing140,000 USD+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences138,000 USD+110%
Professor - Philosophy143,000 USD+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy155,000 USD+140%
Professor - Physics149,000 USD+130%
Professor - Psychology139,000 USD+110%
Professor - Rehabilitation133,000 USD+100%
Professor - Social Work135,000 USD+110%
Professor - Sociology137,000 USD+110%
Professor - Special Education144,000 USD+120%
Psychology Teacher120,000 USD+83%
Public Management Assistant Professor115,000 USD+75%
School Counselor108,000 USD+64%
Science Educator79,800 USD+22%
Science Laboratory Assistant70,500 USD+7%
Science Teacher81,000 USD+23%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher82,400 USD+25%
Secondary School Teacher77,800 USD+18%
Special Education Teacher82,500 USD+26%
Special Needs Assistant65,700 USD+0%
Statistics Lecturer141,000 USD+110%
Student Accounts Coordinator73,500 USD+12%
Student Development Specialist91,100 USD+39%
Student Employment Specialist89,000 USD+36%
Student Services69,800 USD+6%
Student Support Manager97,400 USD+48%
Substitute Teacher67,800 USD+3%
Teacher75,000 USD+14%
Teacher Aide62,500 USD-5%
Teacher Trainer95,100 USD+45%
Training and Development Specialist105,000 USD+60%
Training Coordinator75,400 USD+15%
Tutor76,000 USD+16%
University Teacher137,000 USD+110%
Vocational Education Teacher80,300 USD+22%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Atlanta62,700 USD
Austin73,700 USD
Baltimore66,000 USD
Boston67,000 USD
Bristol54,500 USD
Chicago77,900 USD
Cincinnati55,100 USD
Cleveland56,700 USD
Dallas74,700 USD
Denver71,700 USD
Detroit69,700 USD
Honolulu54,500 USD
Houston77,200 USD
Indianapolis67,100 USD
Iowa City55,700 USD
Jacksonville68,300 USD
Kansas City61,500 USD
Kent56,100 USD
Las Vegas67,900 USD
Long Beach62,700 USD
Los Angeles77,000 USD
Memphis63,700 USD
Miami58,600 USD
Minneapolis59,200 USD
New Orleans57,000 USD
New York81,200 USD
Oakland61,600 USD
Oklahoma City66,700 USD
Orlando54,400 USD
Philadelphia76,700 USD
Phoenix75,800 USD
Sacramento64,300 USD
San Antonio75,600 USD
San Diego73,500 USD
San Francisco70,900 USD
San Jose72,500 USD
Seattle68,600 USD
Tampa55,800 USD
Vancouver55,200 USD
Washington D.C.71,700 USD

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Alabama67,000 USD
Alaska58,800 USD
Arizona70,300 USD
Arkansas65,300 USD
California74,900 USD
Colorado68,000 USD
Connecticut66,300 USD
Delaware61,900 USD
District of Columbia60,900 USD
Florida76,100 USD
Georgia75,100 USD
Hawaii64,500 USD
Idaho64,800 USD
Illinois69,600 USD
Indiana66,800 USD
Iowa62,100 USD
Kansas62,400 USD
Kentucky64,700 USD
Louisiana65,000 USD
Maine60,100 USD
Maryland68,300 USD
Massachusetts68,600 USD
Michigan71,600 USD
Minnesota68,000 USD
Mississippi64,300 USD
Missouri69,300 USD
Montana61,600 USD
Nebraska63,900 USD
Nevada65,600 USD
New Hampshire63,200 USD
New Jersey73,800 USD
New Mexico65,900 USD
New York77,200 USD
North Carolina68,300 USD
North Dakota56,100 USD
Ohio69,700 USD
Oklahoma63,700 USD
Oregon64,000 USD
Pennsylvania71,400 USD
Rhode Island58,900 USD
South Carolina66,300 USD
South Dakota59,500 USD
Tennessee69,600 USD
Texas74,600 USD
Utah63,700 USD
Vermont59,300 USD
Virginia72,300 USD
Washington72,000 USD
West Virginia64,300 USD
Wisconsin70,700 USD
Wyoming60,100 USD

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

Private Sector
92,400 USD
Public Sector+5%
97,100 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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