Librarians' Salaries: Moving Upward at a Higher Rate

Article excerpt

Between April 1993 and April 1994, the average salary for librarians increased 3.65%--a slightly higher percentage than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the June 1994 Monthly Labor Review. A table in that source titled "Employment Cost Index, wages and salaries by occupation and industry group" shows that civilian workers (i.e., private industry, and 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 six years. After several years of a declining increase, the percent change i mean of salaries paid increased from 1993 to 1994.


About the ALA survey

The ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 1994 covers full-time professional positions held by persons with master's degrees from graduate library education programs 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;

* universities.

For the six positions shown in the tables, and for beginning librarians, the 1994 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 1994 was mailed in March 1994 to 1,245 randomly selected libraries. Usable resonses were received from 964 libraries, 77.4% 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. On the second table in this article, the six positions are shown in rank order by mean of salaries paid in April 1994. …