New downloadable versions of Librarian Salary Survey data just for public or academic libraries

Contact: Jenifer Grady




For Immediate Release

August 25, 2009

CHICAGO – The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) has just released two new downloadable versions of the 2009 edition of the “
ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian - Public and Academic
.” One version contains only public librarian salary data and analysis and the other version is specifically for academic librarians.Â

The “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Public”and “ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian – Academic” are available at the American Library Association (ALA)
online store. For $36, library administrators, human resources specialists and librarians can view and print data for six librarian titles by region and state. The public library version includes salary data by five library sizes, from those serving populations between 10,000 and 500,000. The academic library version includes salary data by library type (two-year, four-year, university) for academic libraries.

Each PDF version costs $36 for ALA members and $40 for non-members. The academic version ISBN is 978-0-8389-9709-3; the public version is 978-0-8389-9708-6. Librarian salary data is also available to subscribers to the “
ALA-APA Library Salary Database” (data from 2006 to the present) from the ALA
online store. Database subscriptions are $50 for 30 –days, or $150 annually for ALA members; the print version is $81 for ALA members. Responding libraries received a 30-day subscription to the “
Library Salary Database” and a 25-percent discount off the print or downloadable editions.

Analysis of data from more than 1,179 public and academic libraries showed the mean salary for librarians with ALA-accredited master’s degrees reported decreased less than 1 percent from 2008, down $100 to $58,860. The median ALA MLS salary was $54,500, 2 percent higher than in 2008, and salaries ranged from $22,000 to $256,800. The survey gives national-level mean and quartile data. The reports include analysis of salary trends and an extensive appendix of other sources of compensation data within and outside of the library profession.

Published by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) in cooperation with the ALA Office for Research and Statistics, the survey shows aggregated data from more than 17,018 (a 5-percent increase over 2008) individual salaries of ALA MLS librarians. The six librarian positions are directors/deans, associate/assistant directors, department heads, managers of support staff, librarians who do not supervise and beginning librarians.

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association: the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees is a service organization to the American Library Association and has as one of its missions supporting salary improvement initiatives for library workers. Please contact the ALA-APA Office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2424 or with questions or comments.