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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 metropolitan areas 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$46,390
25th Percentile Wage
$59,210
50th Percentile Wage
$74,950
75th Percentile Wage
$93,190
90th Percentile Wage
$109,140

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 $109,140. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $74,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $46,390.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of librarians from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,950
2.56% 7.86%
2016
$73,030
2.83% -
2015
$70,960
0.14% -
2014
$70,860
1.35% -
2013
$69,900
1.20% -
2012
$69,060
- -

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 $36,950 to $83,860. The highest paying area for librarians in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $83,860. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City (mean annual salary $83,080). The lowest paying area is Yuba City with a median annual salary of $36,950.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$83,860
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$83,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$79,240
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$77,370
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$76,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$75,880
Napa
$74,740
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$74,430
Fresno
$74,130
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$73,290
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$73,130
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$72,210
Bakersfield-Delano
$71,570
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$71,350
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$68,500
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$68,300
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$67,120
Salinas
$65,850
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$62,980
Chico
$61,900
Stockton
$60,860
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$60,710
Madera-Chowchilla
$57,740
Modesto
$57,320
Visalia-Porterville
$56,810
Vallejo-Fairfield
$54,810
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$53,540
Merced
$52,140
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$51,710
El Centro
$42,840
Yuba City
$36,950




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