ARL Salary Survey
Les Bland, Statistics Liaison, ARL
he ARL Salary Survey 2008–2009 shows that current ARL
librarian’s salaries have failed to keep pace with inflation. This is in
to 2007–08 when the increase in median salaries exceeded
the rise of inflation as judged by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The median
salary of ARL academic librarians in the United States for 2008–09 was $63,673;
an increase of 3.8% from the previous reporting period of 2007–08. However,
during this same period, the U.S. CPI rose 5.6%. In Canada, the experience of
ARL academic librarians was similar (but not as extreme): Canadian ARL
academic librarians earned a median salary of $78,742 (Canadian Dollars) an
increase of 3.3% from the previous year, which also failed to match a 3.4% rise
in inflation as reported by the Canadian CPI. The salaries of ARL non-
academic librarians experienced larger growth, as their median salaries
increased 6%, from $80,261 (2007–08) to $85,320 (thereby exceeding inflation).
Moreover, non-academic librarian’s median salaries were 25.4% higher than
that of academic librarians.
OCTOBER 2009 RESEARCH LIBRARY ISSUES: A BIMONTHLY REPORT FROM ARL, CNI, AND SPARC
Men Women Combined
Total Filled Positions 3,127 5,337 8,464
Average Salary $72,350 $69,610 $70,622
Average Years Experience 16.6 17.0 16.8
Total Number of Minorities** 329 724 1,053
Minority Average Salary** $66,673 $63,648 $64,593
Minority Average Years Experience** 13.9 15.2 14.8
Total Number of Directors 48 63 111
Average Salary of Directors $193,843 $200,113 $197,402
Average Years Experience of Directors (filled positions) 30.9 32.2 31.6
*Excludes law and medical libraries. Source: ARL Annual Salary Survey 2008–2009 data set.
**United States only.
ARL Academic Librarians, FY 2008–2009*