16 · ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012–2013
Position
Main Medical Law All Positions
No. Percent No. Percent No. Percent No. Percent
Administrative Specialist (no
subgroup); Administrative
support, Marketing/
Communication/IP Permissions,
Other Administrative
191 2.3% 15 1.7% 9 1.2% 215 2.1%
Business Manager 160 1.9% 11 1.2% 4 .5% 175 1.7%
Human Resources
76 .9% 2 .2%     78 0.8%
Development/Advancement
48 .6% 1 .1%     49 0.5%
Digital Specialist (no subgroup),
Scholarly Communications,
Institutional Repository Curator
85 1.0% 5 .6% 6 .8% 96 1.0%
IT, Systems 370 4.4% 32 3.5% 16 2.1% 418 4.2%
IT, Web Developer 160 1.9% 13 1.4% 10 1.3% 183 1.8%
IT, Programmer 274 3.3% 17 1.9% 1 .1% 292 2.9%
Digital Acquisitions 78 .9% 7 .8% 4 .5% 89 0.9%
Digital Collections Curation 93 1.1% 1 .1% 4 .5% 98 1.0%
Functional Specialist (no
subgroup); Coordinator, Team
Leader (non-supervisory
responsibility)
205 2.4% 18 2.0% 9 1.2% 232 2.3%
Archivists 539 6.4% 18 2.0% 4 .5% 561 5.6%
Assessment, Management
Information Systems, Planning
50 .6% 1 .1% 2 .3% 53 0.5%
Media Specialists 111 1.3% 4 .4% 4 .5% 119 1.2%
Preservation, including digital
collections
147 1.7% 1 .1%     148 1.5%
Subject Specialist 1437 17.1% 134 14.8% 77 10.2% 1648 16.4%
Catalogers/Metadata analysts 674 8.0% 17 1.9% 39 5.1% 730 7.2%
Research/Reference/Instruction 1008 12.0% 221 24.5% 188 24.8% 1417 14.1%
Public Services 198 2.4% 38 4.2% 23 3.0% 259 2.6%
Technical Services 137 1.6% 9 1.0% 17 2.2% 163 1.6%
All Positions: 8,411 903 758 10,072
Figure 5 below has been revised to include law and medical libraries and this table now displays the
average salaries for all positions in the ARL salary survey, including the subcategories by position and sex.
The salaries in each of the sub-categories deviates widely from the average salaries for the new specialist
categories, which are $67,847 for the category containing the administrative specialist (no subgroup) category
(ADMSPEC), $66,891 for the category containing the digital specialist (no subgroup) category (DIGITALSPEC),
and $64,960 the category containing the functional specialist (no subgroup) category (FSPEC). Development/
advancement specialists have the highest average of all subcategories and of the administrative specialist
category: $77,795; media/multimedia specialists have the lowest average salary overall: $ 58,595. IT
programmers have the highest average salary of the digital specialist category: $71,710, and professionals
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