Librarians Salary Information

The salary statistics of librarians are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of librarians within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The librarians annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Librarians Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,300
25th Percentile Wage
$45,690
50th Percentile Wage
$58,520
75th Percentile Wage
$73,970
90th Percentile Wage
$91,620

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for librarians. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) librarians is $91,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $58,520. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,300. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 167% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
$58,520
1.44% 5.38%
2016
$57,680
1.39% -
2015
$56,880
1.25% -
2014
$56,170
0.85% -
2013
$55,690
0.57% -
2012
$55,370
- -

Table 2. Librarians Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of librarians in 14 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for librarians occupations is the professional, scientific, and technical services sector with an annual salary $73,220. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $42,280).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$73,220
Manufacturing
$71,960
Finance and Insurance
$69,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$63,850
Educational Services
$61,020
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$59,270
Health Care and Social Assistance
$57,160
Information
$56,370
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$55,550
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,520
Transportation and Warehousing
$49,740
Wholesale Trade
$48,480
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$42,280

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Librarians by States

From the above tables we note that not only librarians salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of librarians in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $36,100 to $80,590. The highest paying state for librarians is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $80,590. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $36,100. For more salary information of librarians profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$80,590
California
$74,950
Delaware
$70,830
Washington
$70,620
Alaska
$68,910
Massachusetts
$68,410
Connecticut
$68,140
Maryland
$68,080
Hawaii
$68,030
Nevada
$66,700
Rhode Island
$65,830
New Jersey
$64,630
Virginia
$64,480
New York
$63,630
Colorado
$63,060
Minnesota
$61,740
Oregon
$60,740
Texas
$59,410
Georgia
$58,620
Kentucky
$56,760
Florida
$56,520
Pennsylvania
$56,210
Alabama
$55,310
Wisconsin
$55,250
New Hampshire
$55,090
Guam
$54,960
South Carolina
$54,510
Ohio
$54,320
Arkansas
$53,530
Nebraska
$53,020
Illinois
$52,930
Louisiana
$52,810
North Carolina
$52,730
Wyoming
$52,350
Missouri
$52,350
Tennessee
$52,060
Kansas
$50,110
Michigan
$48,880
Maine
$48,560
Montana
$47,850
North Dakota
$47,380
New Mexico
$47,310
Virgin Islands
$46,830
Mississippi
$46,390
Arizona
$46,310
Utah
$45,960
Indiana
$45,090
Iowa
$44,750
Oklahoma
$44,510
Vermont
$43,160
West Virginia
$41,880
South Dakota
$38,640
Idaho
$37,750
Puerto Rico
$36,100



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