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Librarians Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for librarians in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of librarians amongst California cities is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Librarians in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,470
25th Percentile Wage
$56,350
50th Percentile Wage
$73,030
75th Percentile Wage
$91,200
90th Percentile Wage
$106,740

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for librarians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $106,740. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $73,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,470.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$20.90
25th Percentile Wage
$27.09
50th Percentile Wage
$35.11
75th Percentile Wage
$43.85
90th Percentile Wage
$51.32

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for librarians in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $51.32. The median hourly salary is $35.11. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20.90.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of librarians from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201673,0302.83%5.44%
201570,9600.14%-
201470,8601.35%-
201369,9001.20%-
201269,060--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Librarians in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of librarians in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of librarians in state of California ranges from $38,790 to $83,370. The highest paying area for librarians in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $83,370. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $80,550). The lowest paying area is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $38,790.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$83,370
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$80,550
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$77,340
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$76,220
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$75,830
Napa
$74,740
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$73,290
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$72,420
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$72,210
Bakersfield-Delano
$71,570
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$71,330
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$68,730
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$68,360
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$67,450
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$67,120
Fresno
$66,950
Salinas
$63,870
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$63,000
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,710
Stockton
$60,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$59,880
Madera-Chowchilla
$57,740
Modesto
$56,580
Chico
$51,920
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$47,170
El Centro
$42,840
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$39,170
Vallejo-Fairfield
$38,790



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