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Librarian Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does a Librarian make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
33,700 EUR
( 2,800 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Librarian in France typically earns around 33,700 EUR per year. Salaries range from 16,500 EUR (lowest) to 52,500 EUR (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 France

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

  • Salary Range

    Librarian salaries in France range from 16,500 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 52,500 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 34,300 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Librarian(s) are earning less than 34,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 34,300 EUR. 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 22,900 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 22,900 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Librarian(s) are earning less than 44,300 EUR while 25% are earning more than 44,300 EUR.

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 19,600 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 25,100 EUR per year, 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 34,700 EUR per year, 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 43,000 EUR per year, 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 46,000 EUR per year, 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 49,100 EUR per year, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Librarian average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
19,600 EUR
2 - 5 Years+29%
25,100 EUR
5 - 10 Years+38%
34,700 EUR
10 - 15 Years+24%
43,000 EUR
15 - 20 Years+7%
46,000 EUR
20+ Years+7%
49,100 EUR
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 27,700 EUR per year.

While someone with a Bachelor's Degree gets a salary of 42,400 EUR per year, 53% more than someone having a Certificate or Diploma degree.

Librarian average salary difference by education level in France

Certificate or Diploma
27,700 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+53%
42,400 EUR
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 France earn 5% less than their female counterparts on average.

32,700 EUR
34,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Librarian Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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


Librarian(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 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.

France / 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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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

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

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 16 EUR. This means that the average Librarian in France earns approximately 16 EUR 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 36% less than that of Teaching / Education. Also, Teaching / Education salaries are 6% more than those of All Jobs.

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Academic Specialist43,200 EUR+28%
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Achievement Coach51,500 EUR+53%
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Assistant School Principal51,200 EUR+52%
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Biochemistry Professor 69,200 EUR+110%
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Bursary Scheme Manager45,700 EUR+36%
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Chemistry Teacher40,100 EUR+19%
Child Care Coordinator40,300 EUR+20%
Child Care Worker31,600 EUR-6%
Clinical School Psychologist59,500 EUR+77%
College Aide49,500 EUR+47%
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Curriculum Developer53,100 EUR+58%
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Demonstrator34,600 EUR+3%
Deputy Controller of Examinations45,700 EUR+36%
Director of Learning Technology54,400 EUR+62%
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Economics Lecturer72,000 EUR+110%
Education Administrator47,300 EUR+41%
Education Assistant Director52,500 EUR+56%
Education Assistant Principal41,400 EUR+23%
Education Assistant Professor57,600 EUR+71%
Education Consultant57,400 EUR+71%
Education Coordinator41,200 EUR+22%
Education Counselor48,700 EUR+45%
Education Director71,800 EUR+110%
Education Program Specialist50,900 EUR+51%
Education Researcher56,000 EUR+66%
Education Resource Specialist45,800 EUR+36%
Education Services Facilitator47,100 EUR+40%
Educational Psychologist62,000 EUR+84%
EFL Teacher40,300 EUR+20%
eLearning Trainer37,700 EUR+12%
Elementary School Teacher34,300 EUR+2%
Engineering Lecturer67,700 EUR+100%
Engineering Teacher56,400 EUR+68%
English Teacher37,800 EUR+12%
ESL Teacher41,100 EUR+22%
Faculty Assistant50,900 EUR+51%
Foreign Language Teacher37,200 EUR+11%
GED Teacher35,900 EUR+7%
Geography Teacher38,300 EUR+14%
Head of Mathematics Department54,200 EUR+61%
Head of School64,200 EUR+91%
High School Teacher41,900 EUR+24%
History Teacher42,700 EUR+27%
Infant Teacher29,600 EUR-12%
Instructional Assistant41,100 EUR+22%
Instructor44,700 EUR+33%
Kindergarten Teacher32,400 EUR-4%
Language Instructor For Expatriate33,700 EUR+0%
Law Teacher55,100 EUR+64%
Learning Designer46,100 EUR+37%
Lecturer69,500 EUR+110%
Librarian33,700 EUR+0%
Library Assistant26,500 EUR-21%
Library Director44,600 EUR+33%
Library Specialist33,500 EUR-0%
Life Sciences Teacher37,400 EUR+11%
Math Lecturer68,800 EUR+100%
Mathematics Teacher45,500 EUR+35%
Mentor44,500 EUR+32%
Middle School Teacher43,100 EUR+28%
Music Teacher36,200 EUR+8%
Nursery Manager59,500 EUR+77%
Nursery Worker24,000 EUR-29%
Paraprofessional52,300 EUR+55%
Physical Education Specialist45,400 EUR+35%
Physical Education Teacher34,900 EUR+4%
Physics Teacher 42,600 EUR+27%
Political Science Teacher43,300 EUR+29%
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Preschool Education Administrator44,900 EUR+33%
Preschool Teacher33,200 EUR-1%
Primary School Teacher36,500 EUR+8%
Principal57,700 EUR+71%
Product Specialist45,000 EUR+34%
Professor - Accounting71,600 EUR+110%
Professor - Architecture70,900 EUR+110%
Professor - Biology73,800 EUR+120%
Professor - Business Administration70,100 EUR+110%
Professor - Chemical Engineering74,800 EUR+120%
Professor - Chemistry71,700 EUR+110%
Professor - Civil Engineering71,600 EUR+110%
Professor - Communication69,200 EUR+110%
Professor - Computer Science71,000 EUR+110%
Professor - Dentistry72,000 EUR+110%
Professor - Drama71,300 EUR+110%
Professor - Economics75,000 EUR+120%
Professor - Education71,900 EUR+110%
Professor - Electrical Engineering72,800 EUR+120%
Professor - English71,100 EUR+110%
Professor - Environmental Engineering74,100 EUR+120%
Professor - Foreign Languages66,900 EUR+99%
Professor - Geological Sciences67,400 EUR+100%
Professor - History73,300 EUR+120%
Professor - Industrial Engineering70,800 EUR+110%
Professor - Law74,800 EUR+120%
Professor - Legal Support71,700 EUR+110%
Professor - Liberal Arts73,000 EUR+120%
Professor - Marketing74,900 EUR+120%
Professor - Mathematics77,700 EUR+130%
Professor - Mechanical Engineering73,900 EUR+120%
Professor - Medical Administration80,200 EUR+140%
Professor - Medicine88,000 EUR+160%
Professor - Music65,500 EUR+95%
Professor - Nursing65,500 EUR+95%
Professor - Pharmaceutical Sciences74,300 EUR+120%
Professor - Philosophy73,000 EUR+120%
Professor - Physical Therapy74,700 EUR+120%
Professor - Physics75,000 EUR+120%
Professor - Psychology73,300 EUR+120%
Professor - Rehabilitation66,700 EUR+98%
Professor - Social Work63,800 EUR+90%
Professor - Sociology67,800 EUR+100%
Professor - Special Education74,300 EUR+120%
Psychology Teacher56,200 EUR+67%
Public Management Assistant Professor59,500 EUR+77%
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Science Educator39,900 EUR+19%
Science Laboratory Assistant36,900 EUR+10%
Science Teacher40,100 EUR+19%
Secondary Mathematics Teacher42,200 EUR+25%
Secondary School Teacher40,300 EUR+20%
Special Education Teacher43,800 EUR+30%
Special Needs Assistant34,700 EUR+3%
Statistics Lecturer67,800 EUR+100%
Student Accounts Coordinator38,100 EUR+13%
Student Development Specialist46,200 EUR+37%
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Student Services34,700 EUR+3%
Student Support Manager49,900 EUR+48%
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Teacher36,100 EUR+7%
Teacher Aide29,800 EUR-11%
Teacher Trainer47,800 EUR+42%
Training and Development Specialist49,400 EUR+47%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux29,600 EUR
Lille30,400 EUR
Lyon35,300 EUR
Marseille36,200 EUR
Montpellier32,500 EUR
Nantes34,500 EUR
Nice32,000 EUR
Paris35,000 EUR
Strasbourg32,200 EUR
Toulouse34,500 EUR

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

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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