Librarians' Salaries: Barely Any Increase This Year

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IN CONTRAST WITH LAST YEAR'S ALA SURVEY, SALARY INCREASES FOR LIBRARIANS TOP OUT AT LESS THAN ONE PERCENT.

Between April 1995 and April 1996, the average salary for librarians increased less than one percent (.725%)--a much lower percentage than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the June 1996 Monthly Labor Review A table in that source entitled "Employment Cost Index, wages and salaries by occupation and industry group," shows that civilian workers (i.e., private industry, state and local government, but excluding farm, household, and federal government workers), received an average 3.2% 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 eight years. After several years of a declining increase, the percent change in mean of salaries paid has increased in each year from 1993 to 1995 but is now almost standing still.

About the ALA survey

The ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 1996 covers full-time professional positions held by persons with master's degrees from programs in library and information studies accredited by ALA in academic and public libraries. It 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; 2-year colleges; 4-year colleges; and universities.

For the six positions shown in the tables, and for beginning librarians, the 1996 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 o; Librarian Salaries 1996 was mailed in March 1996 to 1,278 randomly selected libraries. Usable responses were received from 966 libraries, 75.6% 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. …