Librarians' Salaries Much Better This Year

By Lynch, Mary Jo | American Libraries, October 1997 | Go to article overview

Librarians' Salaries Much Better This Year


Lynch, Mary Jo, American Libraries


SALARY INCREASES FOR LIBRARIANS EXCEED THOSE FOR WORKERS IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY FOR 1996-1997

Between April 1996 and April 1997, the average salary for librarians increased 4.62% - a much higher percentage than the increase for comparable occupations reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in the April 1997 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 3.3% increase over the previous year.

Table 1 shows the percent change in mean of salaries paid to librarians in six different positions since 1990. After an alarming drop last year, the percent change in mean of salaries paid looks healthy again.

About the ALA survey

The ALA Survey of Librarian Salaries 1997 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 [TABULAR DATA FOR TABLE 1 OMITTED] libraries that have at least two such persons on staff. 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;

* two-year colleges;

* four-year colleges;

* and universities.

For the six positions shown in the tables, and for beginning librarians, the 1997 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 1997 was mailed in 1997 to 1,279 randomly selected libraries. Usable responses were received from 941 libraries, 73. …

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