Salaries of librarians vary according to individual qualifications and the type, size, and location of the library. Librarians with primarily administrative duties often have greater earnings.
Median annual earnings of librarians in 2004 were $45,900. The majority earned between $36,980 and $56,960, while the lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,930, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $70,200.
The average annual salary for all librarians in the federal government was $74,630 in 2005.
Median annual earnings in the industries that employ the largest numbers of librarians are as follows:
Colleges, universities, and professional schools $47,830
Elementary and secondary schools $47,580
Local government $42,500
Other information services $40,000
About three in ten librarians are members of a union or are covered under a union contract.
Median annual earnings of archivists in 2004 were $36,470. Most earned between $28,900 and $46,480. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $21,780, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $61,260.
In 2005, the average annual salary for archivists in the federal government was $75,876.