Salaries for library professionals vary depending on a number of factors including the type of library (i.e. public, school, academic, etc.), population of community served, region of the country, years of experience, etc.
In general, salaries are usually higher in academic libraries (vs. public), large metropolitan areas (vs. rural).
The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA): the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees advocates to improve salaries and status of librarians and other library workers.
The ALA-APA provides salaries information and resources on its webpage, Improving Salaries/Status.
- Library Salary Database Includes data from both the Librarian and Non-MLS Salaries – Public and Academic
- Advocating for Better Salaries and Pay Equity Toolkit (pdf)
- Resources for Better Salaries and Pay Equity
- Library Workers: Facts & Figures Published by the AFL-CIO Department of Professional Employees
Gives trends and salary data for library workers.
- Living Wage Resolution Passed by ALA-APA Council
For additional information and resources on salaries for those employed in libraries, visit the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association's ( ALA-APA) web site.
If you know of other resources that should be included on this page, contact the ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) at 800/545-2433 ext. 4280, or email Beatrice Calvin.