How Much Do Librarians Make in 2021 (including Starting Salary)

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2021 Annual Salary, Salary Range, and Highest Paying States and Industries


Librarians administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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Table of contents
  1. Average salary
  2. Starting salary
  3. Salary rank
  4. Salary range
  5. Highest paying states
  6. Highest paying industries

Average salary

Annual salary
$63560 per year
Hourly wage
$31 per hour

Starting salary

Entry-level annual salary
$34,810 to $47,090 per year
Entry-level hourly wage
$17 to $23 per hour

Entry-level Librarians with little to no experience can expect to make anywhere between $34,810 to $47,090 per year or $17 to $23 per hour. Similar to any other job, their salary will increase as they gain experience.

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Salary rank

Salary rank

We wanted to make it easy for our readers to compare the salary of Librarians to all the other careers out there. So we created Salary Rank. We compared the salary of all careers then we gave them a rank of A, B, C, or D depending on where their average salary sit in comparison to other careers.

Salary range

Level Hourly Annual
Highest (Top 10%) $47 $97,460
Senior (Top 25%) $37 $77,680
Middle (Mid 50%) $29 $60,820
Junior (Bottom 25%) $23 $47,090
No experience (Bottom 10%) $17 $34,810

Highest paying states

State Hourly Annual
DC $42 $86,520
WA $38 $78,330
CA $38 $78,300
MD $37 $77,950
MA $36 $74,000
NY $35 $73,690
CT $35 $73,190
NJ $35 $72,920
VA $35 $71,920
NV $34 $71,670

Another simple way to increase your salary as a Librarian is to move to a higher paying state. However moving to a higher paying state like DC doesn’t guarantee that you will make more because the expenses at DC might be much higher than where you are currently living at right now.

According to BLS, the highest paid Librarians are in the states of DC, WA, CA, MD and MA.

Highest paying industries

Salary by industry Annual Hourly
Federal Executive Branch $92930 $44.68
Scientific Research and Development Services $80130 $38.53
Legal Services $79710 $38.32
Software Publishers $75440 $36.27
Grantmaking and Giving Services $73920 $35.54
Management of Companies and Enterprises $72620 $34.91
Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services $72260 $34.74
Radio and Television Broadcasting $72020 $34.62
Computer Systems Design and Related Services $71170 $34.22
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools $69070 $33.21
Junior Colleges $68590 $32.98
Motion Picture and Video Industries $68200 $32.79
Support Activities for Air Transportation $67940 $32.66
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations $66210 $31.83
Elementary and Secondary Schools $65230 $31.36
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals $64000 $30.77
Other Information Services $63500 $30.53
Outpatient Care Centers $62670 $30.13
Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals $62630 $30.11
State Government $62540 $30.07
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing $62260 $29.93
Specialty Hospitals $62170 $29.89
Office Administrative Services $61680 $29.65
Business Schools and Computer and Management Training $61430 $29.53
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories $59770 $28.74
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services $58740 $28.24
Other Schools and Instruction $58620 $28.18
Local Government $57160 $27.48
Educational Support Services $55930 $26.89
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $55890 $26.87

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