Magazine article American Libraries

1989 Salaries Are Up! Librarians' Salaries Increase by 9%-15% between 1988 and 1989

Magazine article American Libraries

1989 Salaries Are Up! Librarians' Salaries Increase by 9%-15% between 1988 and 1989

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Librarians' salaries increase by 9% - 15% between 1988 and 1989

ONCE AGAIN, THE SURVEY covered full-time professional positions in academic and public libraries. The report displays salaries for libraries in five type and size categories (public libraries serving populations of 25,000-99,999, public libraries serving populations of 100,000 or more, two-year colleges, four-year colleges, and universities) in four geographic regions (North Atlantic, Great Lakes and Plains, Southeast, and West and Southwest).

For the seven key positions shown in the accompanying table and for Beginning Librarian, the 1989 report shows the first quartile, median, and third quartile salaries in each category of library and in each region. In addition, the mean and range (low and high) are provided. The first quartile marks the point that separates the lowest 25% of salaries from the upper 75%. The median marks the exact midpoint in an array of salaries, i.e., 50% of the salaries fall below it and 50% are above it. The median is a useful complement to the mean (arithmetic average) since it is not subject to distortion by one or more extremely high or low values. The third quartile marks the point below which 75% of the salaries fall. In using quartiles, the ALA salary survey follows a practice common to salary survey in related fields.

The survey questionnaire was mailed to 1,461 randomly selected libraries in January, 1989. Usable responses were received from 1,236 libraries - 85% of those selected. The results are presented in eight sets of tables - one table for each category of library, plus a summary table. The seven positions are shown above in the rank order by mean of salaries paid in 1989. Also shown are the dollar amount of change and the percentage change from 1988 to 1989.

The percentage increase over the past year is greater than the general increase in comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

Statistics in the April 1989 Monthly Labor Review from a table entitled "Employment Cost Index, wages & salaries by occupation and industry group" shows that civilian workers in private industry, state and local government, but excluding farm, household, and federal government workers, received an average 4. …

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