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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 $80,080, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for librarians. It is followed by California (average annual salary $73,030). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$80,080
$55,220 1,160
2 California
$73,030
$43,470 9,200
3 Delaware
$72,570
$41,350 410
4 Washington
$68,750
$46,310 3,130
5 Massachusetts
$67,120
$40,930 4,670
6 Alaska
$65,930
$33,080 430
7 Connecticut
$65,930
$41,700 2,270
8 Nevada
$65,810
$46,820 720
9 New Jersey
$65,290
$44,640 4,980
10 Maryland
$64,110
$39,460 2,940
11 Hawaii
$64,090
$40,760 550
12 New York
$63,500
$40,460 11,860
13 Rhode Island
$63,390
$42,350 690
14 Virginia
$62,910
$42,050 4,100
15 Colorado
$62,600
$39,450 2,220
16 Minnesota
$59,040
$39,570 1,690
17 Oregon
$58,770
$33,620 1,220
18 Georgia
$58,520
$37,520 3,200
19 Texas
$57,890
$40,970 10,370
20 Kentucky
$56,310
$34,710 2,240
21 Pennsylvania
$55,650
$30,800 5,100
22 Florida
$55,390
$38,240 5,970
23 Alabama
$54,570
$37,350 2,100
24 Wisconsin
$54,230
$33,740 2,180
25 New Hampshire
$53,940
$33,490 1,010
26 Ohio
$53,220
$31,740 3,840
27 South Carolina
$53,170
$35,150 1,920
28 Guam
$52,930
$24,660 60
29 Missouri
$52,800
$29,490 2,590
30 Louisiana
$52,760
$38,730 1,750
31 Arkansas
$52,190
$33,810 1,320
32 Illinois
$51,670
$25,860 6,070
33 North Carolina
$51,320
$36,220 4,530
34 Tennessee
$51,300
$32,380 2,610
35 Nebraska
$50,950
$23,040 1,040
36 Wyoming
$49,700
$28,450 400
37 Utah
$49,150
$30,070 770
38 Michigan
$48,760
$29,080 3,110
39 North Dakota
$48,240
$22,400 450
40 Maine
$48,220
$25,980 750
41 Montana
$48,160
$28,420 590
42 Kansas
$47,990
$22,460 1,420
43 New Mexico
$47,430
$23,610 780
44 Indiana
$46,210
$25,860 2,170
45 Arizona
$45,650
$23,530 1,800
46 Mississippi
$45,470
$23,470 1,450
47 Virgin Islands
$45,090
$32,090 60
48 Vermont
$44,500
$28,670 750
49 Iowa
$43,800
$24,610 1,430
50 Oklahoma
$43,020
$24,140 1,470
51 West Virginia
$41,450
$27,260 760
52 South Dakota
$38,220
$27,480 530
53 Puerto Rico
$36,180
$19,470 1,570
54 Idaho
$35,860
$18,650 600
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