Librarian Salaries: Association of Research Libraries Publishes 2010-2011 Salary Survey

Posted on December 20, 2011 by


From an ARL News Release:

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in 125 ARL member libraries during 2010–2011. Data are reported for 10,037 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,709 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries.

The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2010 was $65,000, an increase of 1.5% over the 2009–2010 median salary of $64,069. This modest salary increase compared favorably to the severe economic contraction of the same period, when the US CPI rose just 1.2%. The experience of academic librarians in Canada was more favorable. While the Canadian CPI rose 1.8%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased 2.0%, from $80,654 to $82,251 (Canadian dollars).
The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.2% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 68.6% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2010–2011. The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is about 96% of that paid to men.
Other characteristics of ARL university libraries, such as size, public/private status, and location, are also significant determinants of salary. The current state of these indicators is outlined in the salary survey’s introduction and extensive tables.

Data are reported for 10,207 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 3,811 professional staff in the 10 non-university ARL libraries. In the salary survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.The 2009–2010 data show that ARL librarians’ salaries remained stable. The combined median professional salary in US and Canadian ARL university libraries was $64,560—basically no increase from the previous year. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index declined -2% in the US and -.9 % in Canada.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–2010 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.3% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 68.2% of minority staff members.

See Also: Full Text of 2009-2010 Salary Survey (120 pages; PDF)

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