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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Librarians Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$34,100
25th Percentile Wage
$45,060
50th Percentile Wage
$57,680
75th Percentile Wage
$72,780
90th Percentile Wage
$90,140

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 $90,140. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $57,680. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $34,100. Note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 164% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201657,6801.39%4.00%
201556,8801.25%-
201456,1700.85%-
201355,6900.57%-
201255,370--

Table 2. Librarians Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of librarians in 11 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 finance and insurance sector with an annual salary $73,880. The lowest paying sector is the administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector (annual salary $41,330).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Finance and Insurance
$73,880
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,400
Manufacturing
$70,130
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$61,610
Educational Services
$59,990
Health Care and Social Assistance
$56,490
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$54,590
Information
$54,050
Federal, State, and Local Government
$53,090
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$50,930
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$41,330

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 $35,860 to $80,080. The highest paying state for librarians is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $80,080. The lowest paying state is Idaho with a median annual salary of $35,860. 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
$80,080
California
$73,030
Delaware
$72,570
Washington
$68,750
Massachusetts
$67,120
Alaska
$65,930
Connecticut
$65,930
Nevada
$65,810
New Jersey
$65,290
Maryland
$64,110
Hawaii
$64,090
New York
$63,500
Rhode Island
$63,390
Virginia
$62,910
Colorado
$62,600
Minnesota
$59,040
Oregon
$58,770
Georgia
$58,520
Texas
$57,890
Kentucky
$56,310
Pennsylvania
$55,650
Florida
$55,390
Alabama
$54,570
Wisconsin
$54,230
New Hampshire
$53,940
Ohio
$53,220
South Carolina
$53,170
Guam
$52,930
Missouri
$52,800
Louisiana
$52,760
Arkansas
$52,190
Illinois
$51,670
North Carolina
$51,320
Tennessee
$51,300
Nebraska
$50,950
Wyoming
$49,700
Utah
$49,150
Michigan
$48,760
North Dakota
$48,240
Maine
$48,220
Montana
$48,160
Kansas
$47,990
New Mexico
$47,430
Indiana
$46,210
Arizona
$45,650
Mississippi
$45,470
Virgin Islands
$45,090
Vermont
$44,500
Iowa
$43,800
Oklahoma
$43,020
West Virginia
$41,450
South Dakota
$38,220
Puerto Rico
$36,180
Idaho
$35,860


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