Librarians' Salaries: Better Increases Once Again

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Between April 1994 and April 1995, the average salary for librarians increased 4.85% - a higher percentage hike than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the June 1995 Monthly Labor Review. According to one table in that source, "Employment Cost Index, wages and salaries by occupation and industry group," civilian workers (i.e., private industry, state and local government, but excluding farm, household, and federal government workers) received an average 3% increase over the previous year.

The first table in this article shows the percent change in mean of salaries paid to librarians in six different positions for the last seven years. After several years of a declining increase, the percent change in mean of salaries paid has increased in 1993, 1994, and 1995.

The ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 1995 covers full-time professional positions in academic and public libraries held by persons with master's degrees from ALA-accredited programs in library and information studies. The survey displays salaries for libraries in five type and size categories: * public libraries serving populations of 25,000 to 99,999; * public libraries serving populations of 100,000 or more; * two-year colleges; * four-year colleges; * universities.

For the six positions shown in the tables, and for beginning librarians, the 1995 ALA survey shows the first quartile, median, and third quartile for salaries paid in each category of library and in each region in addition to the mean and range (low and high).

The questionnaire for the ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 1995 was mailed in March 1995 to 1,275 randomly selected libraries. Usable responses were received from 918 libraries, 72% of those selected. For the six positions and for beginning librarians, results are presented in seven sets of tables - one table for each category of library, plus a summary table. …