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Figure 5: Distribution of Functional Specialist Job Sub-Codes’ Average Salaries by Sex4
Position
Women Men Total
Salary No. Salary No. Salary No.
Archivists 60,157 319 65.083 170 61,869 489
Business Manager 73,141 91 71,995 55 72,709 146
Human Resources 72,837 63 75,746 13 73,334 76
IT, Systems 70,721 127 68,759 269 69,388 396
IT, Web Developer 64,102 69 65,744 90 65,032 159
IT, Programmer 71,006 71 71,675 213 71,508 284
Media Specialist 58,169 57 59,300 62 58,759 119
Preservation 65,051 87 69,502 38 66,404 125
Other Functional Specialists 64,782 224 69,255 124 66,376 348
All Functional Specialists 65,313 1,108 68,273 1,034 66,742 2,142
In regards to the gender gap in ARL libraries discussed in the previous section, it is worth noting that the
average salaries of men are higher than those of women in seven out of the nine categories in Figure 5.
Institutional Characteristics
and
Salaries
A. Public
and
Private Institutions
The gap between salaries paid in private US ARL university libraries and those paid in publicly supported US
university libraries increased in 2011–2012 to 8.5%, with librarians at private institutions earning an average of
$5,939 more than their peers at public institutions. Out of 27 job categories, only in three (Head of Serials, Head
of Rare Books/Manuscripts, and Head of Computer Systems) did librarians in public institutions earn more than
their peers employed in private institutions (see Table 21).
B. Library Size
Library size, as measured by the number of professional staff, is another significant determinant of salary. As
a rule, the largest libraries tend to pay the highest average salaries, not only overall, but for specific positions, as
well. 2011–2012 data reflect this trend. The largest libraries, those with more than 110 staff, reported the highest
average salary, $75,974, followed by libraries with between 75 and 110 staff, which reported an average salary of
$75,910. The next highest average salary, $73,167, was reported by libraries with between 50 to 74 staff, followed by
the smallest libraries, i.e., those with 13 to 49 staff, which reported an average salary of $72,562 (see Table 23). The
gap between the highest paying cohort and the lowest paying cohort decreased in 2011–2012 to $3,412. The cutoff
staffing levels used to determine the largest cohort of libraries, after declining in every year since 1995–1996,
4 The average salaries for All Functional Specialists published in the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–2010 and 2010–2011 were not
correct.   The correct average salaries for 2010–2011 are $63,847 for women, $65,981 for men, and $64,852 overall.   The correct average salaries
for 2009–1010 are $62,070 for women, $64,299 for men, and $63,130 overall.
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