2015 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic now available online

For Immediate Release
Fri, 06/19/2015


Lorelle Swader





CHICAGO — The 2015 edition of the ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic is now available online.  657 academic and public libraries from across the country participated in the survey which captures data through the end of 2014.  Library directors and human resources staff reported more than 10,920 salaries, giving this year’s survey a remarkable 39 percent response rate. 

Data is shown for public libraries serving populations under 10,000 to more than 500,000; and for academic libraries at community colleges, four-year colleges and university libraries. The survey report summarizes salaries paid to staff in six position categories: directors/deans, associate/assistant directors, department heads, managers of support staff, librarians who do not supervise and beginning librarians. Results are also organized by region and state.  The information can be useful for hiring managers, library directors and human resources staff. It is also valuable for librarians seeking employment or considering relocating to pursue professional opportunities.

The survey data is available free to ALA Organizational members as a benefit.  Other libraries or individuals may purchase a subscription for $150 ($250 for non-ALA members) for access for one year. Visit the Salary Survey for purchasing details.

This year’s survey conducted by Counting Opinions (SQUIRE) Ltd., continues the more than 30 year tradition of collecting and reporting salary data for six positions requiring an ALA-accredited master's degree in library science.

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) is a nonprofit professional organization established “to promote the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.” One of its major areas of focus is direct support of comparable worth and pay equity initiatives and activities designed to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers.

For more information, visit the ALA-APA website or contact the ALA-APA Director, Lorelle Swader, at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4278.