Salaries for library workers vary depending on a number of factors including the type of library (i.e. public, school, academic, etc.), size of library, the region of the country, years of experience, etc.
In general, salaries are usually higher in academic libraries (vs. public), large metropolitan areas (vs. rural).
The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA): the Organization for the Advancement of Library Employees advocates to improve the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers According to the Salary Survey conducted in 2008 by the ALA-APA:
Salaries ranged from $22,000 to $331,200
Mean salary for librarians -- $58,960
Median ALA MLS salary -- $53,251
For more information and details, see the following pages:
Statement on the Terminal Professional Degree for Academic Librarians
Approved as policy by the Board of Directors of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, on January 23, 1975. Reaffirmed by the ACRL Board of Directors, June, 2001 and June, 2007.Modified and reaffirmed by the ACRL Board of Directors at the Spring Executive Committee Meeting, May 11, 2011.
The master's degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or from a program in a country with a formal accreditation process as identified by ALA’s Human Resource Development and Recruitment Office is the appropriate terminal professional degree for academic librarians.