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TABLE 6: SALARY TRENDS IN ARL NONUNIVERSITY LIBRARIES*
Salary figures for the current year are displayed in the context of the previous years and compared
to the changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to show trends in the purchasing power of median
and beginning professional salaries. Salary figures and CPI numbers have been converted to
adjusted indexes, using July 1984 as the base. Actual CPI data retrieved from the U.S. Department of
Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers - (CPI-U), located at
http://146.142.4.24/cgi-bin/surveymost?cu.
Fiscal
Year
No. of
Libs.
Total
Staff
Median
Salary*
BPS†
Median
Median
Salary Index
BPS†
Index
Actual
CPI
Adjusted
CPI
2005-06 10 3,921 $76,083 $38,673 224.6 234.3 195.4 188.1
2004-05 10 3,946 74,022 34,764 218.5 210.6 189.4 182.3
2003-04 10 3,877 70,020 34,739 206.8 210.4 183.9 177.0
2002-03 10 3,804 65,289 34,739 192.7 210.4 180.1 173.3
2001-02 10 3,717 65,025 34,389 191.9 208.3 177.5 170.8
2000-01 10 3,731 62,521 31,774 184.5 192.5 172.8 166.3
1999-2000 10 3,737 59,916 30,849 176.8 186.9 166.7 160.4
1998-99 11 3,819 56,000 29,877 165.3 181.0 163.2 157.1
1997-98 11 3,779 55,055 28,724 162.5 174.0 160.5 154.5
1996-97 11 3,799 51,150 28,380 151.0 172.0 157.0 151.1
1995-96 11 3,915 49,149 28,162 145.1 170.7 152.5 146.8
1994-95 11 3,837 47,997 27,813 141.7 168.6 148.4 142.8
1993-94 11 4,003 44,949 26,806 132.7 162.5 144.4 139.0
1992-93 11 4,172 43,876 23,500 129.6 142.4 140.2 134.9
1991-92 11 2,906 42,455 23,500 125.4 142.4 136.2 131.1
1990-91 12 1,363 36,013 20,800 106.3 126.1 130.7 125.8
1989-90 11 3,767 40,106 20,195 118.4 122.4 124.0 119.3
1988-89 11 3,781 37,544 19,100 110.9 115.8 118.3 113.9
1987-88 11 3,765 36,250 18,405 107.0 111.5 113.6 109.3
1986-87 10 2,790 33,020 17,912 97.5 108.6 109.6 105.5
1985-86 12 3,874 33,720 17,308 99.6 104.9 107.6 103.6
1984-85 11 3,840 33,863 16,500 100.0 100.0 103.9 100.0
* Canadian salaries expressed in U.S. dollars.

Beginning professional salary.
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