How Much do Librarians Make?

Do librarians make a lot of money? What is the average pay for librarians?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, librarians in the United States earn an average of $61,920 a year, equivalent to $29.77 an hour. Librarians make 16% more than the average American worker.

Librarians in California are the best paid, making $78,650 a year, while librarians in West Virginia make the least at $41,540.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Librarian Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $45.44 $94,520
75th $36.40 $75,700
50th $28.61 $59,500
25th $22.13 $46,030
10th $16.26 $33,820
Librarian Wages by State

In what states do librarians make the most? In what states do librarians make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $25.33 $52,690
Alaska $33.24 $69,130
Arizona $24.21 $50,370
Arkansas $24.94 $51,870
California $37.81 $78,650
Colorado $29.68 $61,730
Connecticut $34.87 $72,540
Delaware $32.48 $67,570
Florida $26.99 $56,150
Georgia $29.69 $61,750
Hawaii $33.77 $70,240
Idaho $22.34 $46,470
Illinois $28.69 $59,680
Indiana $23.25 $48,360
Iowa $22.99 $47,830
Kansas $21.93 $45,610
Kentucky $28.05 $58,340
Louisiana $25.57 $53,190
Maine $25.36 $52,750
Maryland $35.74 $74,340
Massachusetts $34.80 $72,380
Michigan $25.63 $53,310
Minnesota $30.46 $63,360
Mississippi $21.11 $43,910
Missouri $26.21 $54,510
Montana $24.44 $50,830
Nebraska $25.56 $53,170
Nevada $33.98 $70,690
New Hampshire $26.97 $56,100
New Jersey $33.61 $69,910
New Mexico $23.10 $48,050
New York $33.64 $69,980
North Carolina $27.35 $56,890
North Dakota $27.11 $56,390
Ohio $25.79 $53,640
Oklahoma $23.34 $48,550
Oregon $31.04 $64,560
Pennsylvania $27.49 $57,190
Rhode Island $33.20 $69,060
South Carolina $28.24 $58,740
South Dakota $20.31 $42,240
Tennessee $27.22 $56,610
Texas $29.38 $61,110
Utah $22.02 $45,800
Vermont $24.09 $50,100
Virginia $33.76 $70,230
Washington $35.53 $73,910
West Virginia $19.97 $41,540
Wisconsin $26.90 $55,950
Wyoming $25.13 $52,270
Metro Areas Where Librarians Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
San Luis Obispo, CA $43.21 $89,880
San Francisco, CA $42.98 $89,390
Merced, CA $42.21 $87,800
Washington, DC $40.69 $84,630
Fresno, CA $39.44 $82,030
Anchorage, AK $39.31 $81,770
Vallejo, CA $38.87 $80,840
Winchester, VA $38.71 $80,510
Chico, CA $38.57 $80,220
Bakersfield, CA $38.56 $80,210
Librarian Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $29.77 $61,920
2018 $29.58 $61,530
2017 $29.21 $60,760
2016 $28.78 $59,870
2015 $28.33 $58,930
2014 $27.94 $58,110
2013 $27.67 $57,550
2012 $27.49 $57,190
2011 $27.41 $57,020