Salary Survey Trends 2012–2013 · 19
Most commonly, directors may have no rank (or a rank outside the structure), and it is common for non-
librarians included in the survey (business officers, personnel staff, computer specialists, liaisons, etc.) to be
unranked, as well.
The pattern of relationships between rank and salary seen in past years continues: with higher rank associated
with higher average years of experience and a correspondingly higher salary. In ARL university member
libraries 6,198 of the 10,0726 librarians occupy a rank within these three most commonly found ranking systems,
and the largest number of professionals (3,263) occupy a position in a four-step rank structure.
Figure 6a: Average Salaries and Average Years of Experience of Library Professionals in Libraries with
Three, Four, and Five Step Rank Structures, FY 2012–2013
Three-Step Four-Step Five-Step
Salary Experience No. of
Staff
Salary Experience No. of
Staff
Salary Experience No. of
Staff
Librarian 1 62,336 8.5 470 56,436 8.3 449 55,326 11.3 227
Librarian 2 74,319 18.6 659 63,063 12.1 915 62,142 13.9 312
Librarian 3 91,699 25.2 417 76,817 20.2 1,268 74,483 18.0 468
Librarian 4 . . 92,830 26.8 631 88,708 22.8 271
Librarian 5 . . . . 107,342 29.0 111
No. of Staff 1,546 3,263 1,389
The direct relationship between rank and salary is highlighted even more in the three new tables below, which
show average salary by percentile in each of the three rank structures presented in Figure 6.
Figure 6b: Average Salary by Percentile in Libraries with Three Step Rank Structures, FY 2012–2013  
No.
of
Staff Low 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile High
Librarian 1 470 25,164 50,500 57,847 71,081 149,927
Librarian 2 659 41,248 58,224 68,046 83,549 159,256
Librarian 3 417 46,402 75,708 87,887 103,162 184,875
Figure 6c: Average Salary by Percentile in Libraries with Four Step Rank Structures, FY 2012–2013  
No.
of
Staff Low 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile High
Librarian 1 449 30,456 48,200 53,663 62,676 134,026
Librarian 2 915 29,189 52,277 60,050 70,956 165,098
Librarian 3 1268 38,430 61,606 72,031 87,452 193,640
Librarian 4 631 37,914 73,905 86,208 105,625 243,800
6 In previous years, this figure excluded law and health sciences librarians. Beginning with the 2012–2013 ARL salary
survey, this figure now includes law and health sciences librarians, in keeping with the data shown in Figure 6.
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