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Highest Paying States for Librarians

The highest paying states for librarians (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of librarians in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $80,590, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for librarians. It is followed by California (average annual salary $74,950). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of librarians in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Librarians

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$80,590
$56,420 1,160
2 California
$74,950
$46,390 8,940
3 Delaware
$70,830
$39,720 380
4 Washington
$70,620
$48,430 2,980
5 Alaska
$68,910
$34,950 420
6 Massachusetts
$68,410
$40,730 4,510
7 Connecticut
$68,140
$42,320 2,180
8 Maryland
$68,080
$39,510 2,840
9 Hawaii
$68,030
$41,310 500
10 Nevada
$66,700
$48,420 680
11 Rhode Island
$65,830
$43,500 830
12 New Jersey
$64,630
$42,620 4,580
13 Virginia
$64,480
$42,710 4,100
14 New York
$63,630
$41,870 12,360
15 Colorado
$63,060
$40,690 2,140
16 Minnesota
$61,740
$41,200 1,620
17 Oregon
$60,740
$35,130 1,240
18 Texas
$59,410
$41,600 10,110
19 Georgia
$58,620
$33,830 2,680
20 Kentucky
$56,760
$33,800 2,030
21 Florida
$56,520
$39,730 5,390
22 Pennsylvania
$56,210
$30,530 5,060
23 Alabama
$55,310
$37,760 2,170
24 Wisconsin
$55,250
$34,790 2,170
25 New Hampshire
$55,090
$33,650 1,050
26 Guam
$54,960
$22,480 60
27 South Carolina
$54,510
$34,360 1,770
28 Ohio
$54,320
$32,200 3,600
29 Arkansas
$53,530
$34,420 1,300
30 Nebraska
$53,020
$22,980 960
31 Illinois
$52,930
$27,420 6,040
32 Louisiana
$52,810
$40,190 1,850
33 North Carolina
$52,730
$37,200 4,620
34 Wyoming
$52,350
$32,430 370
35 Missouri
$52,350
$30,500 2,440
36 Tennessee
$52,060
$33,070 2,600
37 Kansas
$50,110
$21,950 1,500
38 Michigan
$48,880
$28,680 3,490
39 Maine
$48,560
$28,730 760
40 Montana
$47,850
$28,800 500
41 North Dakota
$47,380
$22,420 470
42 New Mexico
$47,310
$22,280 770
43 Virgin Islands
$46,830
$35,180 60
44 Mississippi
$46,390
$21,690 1,340
45 Arizona
$46,310
$24,910 1,530
46 Utah
$45,960
$25,280 970
47 Indiana
$45,090
$26,300 2,270
48 Iowa
$44,750
$22,600 1,430
49 Oklahoma
$44,510
$24,020 1,450
50 Vermont
$43,160
$27,830 740
51 West Virginia
$41,880
$21,850 840
52 South Dakota
$38,640
$27,520 550
53 Idaho
$37,750
$19,350 540
54 Puerto Rico
$36,100
$19,610 1,450
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