Library Salaries Information

Salaries for library workers vary depending on a number of factors including the type of library (i.e. public, school, academic, etc.), size of library, the 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 the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers   According to the Salary Survey conducted in 2008 by the ALA-APA:

  • Salaries ranged from $22,000 to $331,200
  • Mean salary for librarians  -- $58,960 
  • Median ALA MLS salary -- $53,251

For more information and details, see the following pages:

Additional Resources

For additional information and resources on salaries for library workers, 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.