102 · ARL Annual Salary Survey 2010–2011


General Instructions for Completing the Questionnaire
1. This survey is concerned with the salaries of professional positions only. Since the criteria for
determining professional status vary among libraries, there is no attempt to define the term
“professional.” Each library should report the salaries of those staff members it considers
professionals, irrespective of membership in a collective bargaining unit, and including, when
appropriate, staff who are not librarians in the strict sense of the term, such as systems analysts,
budget officers, etc.
2. Obtain the Word file. These instructions assume that you have Microsoft Word available for use. If
not, or if you have trouble opening the files in Word, please call the ARL Statistics and Assessment
Program at (202) 296-2296 or email stats@arl.org.
3. The template Word file is available at: http://www.arl.org/stats/annualsurveys/salary/salform10.shtml.
This is a generic, blank form that can hold your data. The file’s name is “sal10_nuform.doc”; open the
file and save it to your own computer by choosing “Save As” under the File menu. When saving the file,
utilize ARL as the prefix, use 10 to designate the year (2010-11), and change the “xxxx” in its name to
your ARL institution code number, e.g., “ARL109975.doc.”
4. Salaries should be reported for all filled positions. Vacant positions should be excluded from your
5. Report 2010-11 salaries as they exist on July 1, 2010. If the library normally increases salaries at a
date after July l, and the salary as of that later date is known or can be estimated (within $l00 or so) by
the time the questionnaire is due to be returned, please use the higher salary and footnote the effective
date and/or whether the reported figures are known or estimated. Please do not hold up the reporting
process for later salary adjustments.
6. The Median Salary is the salary that has an equal number of salaries above it and below it. In those
libraries with an even number of positions, the median salary is the average of the two salaries that
have an equal number of salaries above and below them.
7. The Beginning Professional Salary is the salary that would be paid to a professional without
experience, not necessarily the lowest professional salary paid. In reporting the beginning salary,
please use a figure that is actually used or likely to be used for entry-level librarians hired by your
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