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Librarian Average Salary in Costa Rica 2020

How much money does a Librarian make in Costa Rica?

Average Monthly Salary
1,620,000 CRC
( 19,500,000 CRC yearly)


A person working as a Librarian in Costa Rica typically earns around 1,620,000 CRC per month. Salaries range from 844,000 CRC (lowest) to 2,480,000 CRC (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 Costa Rica

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in Costa Rica range from 844,000 CRC per month (minimum salary) to 2,480,000 CRC per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,560,000 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 1,560,000 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,560,000 CRC. 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 1,080,000 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 1,080,000 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 1,940,000 CRC while 25% are earning more than 1,940,000 CRC.

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 959,000 CRC per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,290,000 CRC 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 1,670,000 CRC per month, 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 2,020,000 CRC per month, 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 2,210,000 CRC 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 2,330,000 CRC per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in Costa Rica

0 - 2 Years
959,000 CRC
2 - 5 Years+34%
1,290,000 CRC
5 - 10 Years+30%
1,670,000 CRC
10 - 15 Years+21%
2,020,000 CRC
15 - 20 Years+9%
2,210,000 CRC
20+ Years+5%
2,330,000 CRC
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 1,200,000 CRC per month.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 2,170,000 CRC per month, 80% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in Costa Rica

Certificate or Diploma
1,200,000 CRC
Bachelor's Degree+80%
2,170,000 CRC
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 Costa Rica earn 6% less than their female counterparts on average.

1,580,000 CRC
1,680,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Costa Rica for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Costa Rica

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


Librarian(s) in Costa Rica 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.

Costa Rica / 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 Costa Rica is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica

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

74% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 26% 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 Costa Rica

9,360 CRC per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Costa Rica is 9,360 CRC. This means that the average Librarian in Costa Rica earns approximately 9,360 CRC 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.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Academic Advisor2,440,000 CRC+50%
Academic Coach2,570,000 CRC+58%
Academic Manager2,720,000 CRC+68%
Academic Specialist2,170,000 CRC+34%
Academic Staff1,780,000 CRC+10%
Accompanist2,040,000 CRC+26%
Achievement Coach2,470,000 CRC+52%
Admissions Specialist2,120,000 CRC+31%
Agricultural Sciences Teacher1,810,000 CRC+12%
Anthropology Teacher2,050,000 CRC+26%
Arabic Language Teacher1,760,000 CRC+8%
Archeology Teacher2,090,000 CRC+29%
Architecture Teacher2,170,000 CRC+34%
Archivist1,610,000 CRC-1%
Art Teacher1,790,000 CRC+10%
Assistant School Principal2,520,000 CRC+55%
Assistant Teacher1,740,000 CRC+7%
Biochemistry Professor 3,450,000 CRC+110%
Biology Teacher2,070,000 CRC+28%
Bursary Scheme Manager2,270,000 CRC+40%
Business Teacher1,980,000 CRC+22%
Chemistry Teacher1,890,000 CRC+16%
Child Care Coordinator2,050,000 CRC+26%
Child Care Worker1,570,000 CRC-3%
Clinical School Psychologist2,940,000 CRC+81%
College Aide2,420,000 CRC+49%
College and Career Readiness Specialist2,700,000 CRC+66%
College President4,330,000 CRC+170%
Communications Teacher1,980,000 CRC+22%
Community Education Officer1,740,000 CRC+7%
Computer Science Teacher1,800,000 CRC+11%
Computer Teacher1,870,000 CRC+15%
Creative Writing Trainer2,250,000 CRC+39%
Credit Counselor2,420,000 CRC+49%
Cultural Studies Teacher1,840,000 CRC+13%
Curriculum Developer2,580,000 CRC+59%
Curriculum Specialist2,570,000 CRC+58%
Demonstrator1,810,000 CRC+12%
Deputy Controller of Examinations2,450,000 CRC+51%
Director of Learning Technology2,720,000 CRC+68%
Distance Learning Coordinator2,120,000 CRC+31%
Economics Lecturer3,230,000 CRC+99%
Education Administrator2,160,000 CRC+33%
Education Assistant Director2,640,000 CRC+63%
Education Assistant Principal2,180,000 CRC+34%
Education Assistant Professor2,860,000 CRC+76%
Education Consultant2,780,000 CRC+71%
Education Coordinator2,110,000 CRC+30%
Education Counselor2,210,000 CRC+36%
Education Director3,520,000 CRC+120%
Education Program Specialist2,370,000 CRC+46%
Education Researcher2,820,000 CRC+74%
Education Resource Specialist2,040,000 CRC+26%
Education Services Facilitator2,270,000 CRC+40%
Educational Psychologist2,920,000 CRC+80%
EFL Teacher1,940,000 CRC+20%
eLearning Trainer1,760,000 CRC+8%
Elementary School Teacher1,570,000 CRC-3%
Engineering Lecturer3,380,000 CRC+110%
Engineering Teacher2,610,000 CRC+61%
English Teacher1,750,000 CRC+8%
ESL Teacher2,050,000 CRC+26%
Faculty Assistant2,530,000 CRC+56%
Foreign Language Teacher1,810,000 CRC+12%
GED Teacher1,680,000 CRC+4%
Geography Teacher1,780,000 CRC+10%
Head of Mathematics Department2,740,000 CRC+69%
Head of School3,230,000 CRC+99%
High School Teacher2,210,000 CRC+36%
History Teacher1,900,000 CRC+17%
Infant Teacher1,440,000 CRC-11%
Instructional Assistant2,030,000 CRC+25%
Instructor2,110,000 CRC+30%
Kindergarten Teacher1,500,000 CRC-8%
Language Instructor For Expatriate1,620,000 CRC-0%
Law Teacher2,830,000 CRC+74%
Learning Designer2,410,000 CRC+48%
Lecturer3,390,000 CRC+110%
Librarian1,620,000 CRC-0%
Library Assistant1,300,000 CRC-20%
Library Director2,380,000 CRC+47%
Library Specialist1,740,000 CRC+7%
Life Sciences Teacher1,960,000 CRC+21%
Math Lecturer3,640,000 CRC+120%
Mathematics Teacher2,250,000 CRC+39%
Mentor2,260,000 CRC+39%
Middle School Teacher2,040,000 CRC+26%
Music Teacher1,820,000 CRC+12%
Nursery Manager3,030,000 CRC+87%
Nursery Worker1,200,000 CRC-26%
Paraprofessional2,670,000 CRC+65%
Physical Education Specialist2,090,000 CRC+29%
Physical Education Teacher1,770,000 CRC+9%
Physics Teacher 2,000,000 CRC+23%
Political Science Teacher2,020,000 CRC+24%
Post Doctoral Researcher3,150,000 CRC+94%
Preschool Education Administrator2,090,000 CRC+29%
Preschool Teacher1,670,000 CRC+3%
Primary School Teacher1,790,000 CRC+10%
Principal2,930,000 CRC+81%
Product Specialist2,080,000 CRC+28%
Professor - Accounting3,370,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Architecture3,610,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Biology3,330,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Business Administration3,420,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering3,570,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Chemistry3,700,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Civil Engineering3,270,000 CRC+100%
Professor - Communication3,420,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Computer Science3,430,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Dentistry3,760,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Drama3,300,000 CRC+100%
Professor - Economics3,750,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Education3,510,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Electrical Engineering3,850,000 CRC+140%
Professor - English3,330,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Environmental Engineering3,740,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Foreign Languages3,310,000 CRC+100%
Professor - Geological Sciences3,610,000 CRC+120%
Professor - History3,470,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Industrial Engineering3,280,000 CRC+100%
Professor - Law3,750,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Legal Support3,180,000 CRC+96%
Professor - Liberal Arts3,500,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Marketing3,400,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Mathematics3,640,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering3,750,000 CRC+130%
Professor - Medical Administration3,600,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Medicine4,270,000 CRC+160%
Professor - Music3,100,000 CRC+91%
Professor - Nursing3,360,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences3,370,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Philosophy3,580,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy3,590,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Physics3,900,000 CRC+140%
Professor - Psychology3,370,000 CRC+110%
Professor - Rehabilitation3,310,000 CRC+100%
Professor - Social Work3,100,000 CRC+91%
Professor - Sociology3,560,000 CRC+120%
Professor - Special Education3,460,000 CRC+110%
Psychology Teacher3,010,000 CRC+85%
Public Management Assistant Professor2,820,000 CRC+74%
School Counselor2,780,000 CRC+71%
Science Educator1,940,000 CRC+20%
Science Laboratory Assistant1,760,000 CRC+8%
Science Teacher1,870,000 CRC+15%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher2,040,000 CRC+26%
Secondary School Teacher1,870,000 CRC+15%
Special Education Teacher1,980,000 CRC+22%
Special Needs Assistant1,700,000 CRC+5%
Statistics Lecturer3,310,000 CRC+100%
Student Accounts Coordinator1,810,000 CRC+12%
Student Development Specialist2,220,000 CRC+37%
Student Employment Specialist2,220,000 CRC+37%
Student Services1,790,000 CRC+10%
Student Support Manager2,270,000 CRC+40%
Substitute Teacher1,650,000 CRC+2%
Teacher1,830,000 CRC+13%
Teacher Aide1,580,000 CRC-3%
Teacher Trainer2,240,000 CRC+38%
Training and Development Specialist2,600,000 CRC+60%
Training Coordinator1,730,000 CRC+7%
Tutor1,830,000 CRC+13%
University Teacher3,390,000 CRC+110%
Vocational Education Teacher1,880,000 CRC+16%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
San Jose1,850,000 CRC

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 Costa Rica earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,310,000 CRC
Public Sector+6%
2,450,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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