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Figure 6c: Average Salary by Percentile in Libraries with Four Step Rank Structures, FY 2013–2014  
No.
of
Staff Low 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile High
Librarian 1 450 36,503 50,000 56,150 64,132 138,382
Librarian 2 867 36,750 54,645 62,734 74,300 169,226
Librarian 3 1166 41,091 63,558 73,393 89,901 251,500
Librarian 4 589 47,985 75,360 87,600 107,450 240,000
Figure 6d: Average Salary by Percentile in Libraries with Five Step Rank Structures, FY 2013–2014  
No.
of
Staff Low 25th Percentile Median 75th Percentile High
Librarian 1 235 24,570 48,058 55,738 64,360 106,850
Librarian 2 290 25,584 52,871 60,770 70,143 108,791
Librarian 3 525 40,428 61,106 73,089 83,437 140,555
Librarian 4 320 50,228 73,208 86,819 100,307 190,000
Librarian 5 127 52,093 92,048 103,083 125,124 172,872
Inflation Effect
Tables 2 and 6 reveal changes in beginning professional and median salaries as reported by both university
and nonuniversity research libraries as well as the US Bureau of Labor’s Cost of Living Index (CPI-All Urban
Consumers). Table 3 is similar to Table 2, but reports data only on US libraries. Table 4 shows trend data for
Canadian libraries and compares them to the changes in the Canadian Consumer Price Index (Consumer Price
Index for Canada, all-items, not seasonally adjusted). Tables 2, 3, and 4 include law and medical library staff in
ARL university libraries. Bucking the two-year trend from 2011–2012 and 2012–2013, Tables 3 and 4 indicate that
the purchasing power of professionals in the United States and Canada kept pace with inflation.
For the first time since 2011–2012, US salaries surpassed inflation. US CPI increased by 2%5 (see Table 3), and
the median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2013 increased by 2.3% to $68,773 (see Table 3). Canadian
salaries (reported in Canadian dollars) surpassed inflation by 1 percentage point: the Canadian CPI increased
1.3%, while median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased by 2.3% to $89,163 (Canadian dollars, see
Table 4).6 The median beginning salary (BPS) for university ARL librarians increased to $48,000 in 2013–2014 (see
Table 2). Table 6 shows that median salaries for nonuniversity librarians increased to $95,173, while beginning
salaries rebounded in 2013–2014, increasing to $51,630.
Readers are reminded that these data reflect only salaries, and that there are other compensation issues which
may have influenced the pattern of salaries in various institutions. In addition, a highly standardized structure
for capturing data has been used, which may portray results in a way that cannot be fully representative of a
local situation.
5 CPI data retrieved from the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index-All Urban Consumers
(US All items, 1982–84=100–CUUR0000SA0) available online at http://www.bls.gov/data/.
6 The source for Canadian CPI data is Table 5: The Consumer Price Index for Canada (All-Items, Not Seasonally Adjusted,
Historical Data) published in The Daily, a Statistics Canada publication, available online at http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/62-
001-x/2014003/t040-eng.htm
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