Librarians

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Total Workforce

174k

Average Age

47.6

Average Salary

$43,961

Average Male Salary

$49,600

Average Female Salary

$42,731

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Librarians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Libraries & archives is the industry that employs the most Librarians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Librarians, by average wage, is National security & international affairs. Librarians are paid most in Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission (North) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Fairland, Calverton, White Oak & Burtonsville PUMA, MD.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$43,961

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,843

In 2017, Librarians earned an average of $43,961, $8,104 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Rolling machine setters, operators, & tenders, metal & plastic make somewhat more than Librarians while Counselors make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Librarians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.343

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Librarians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.343, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Librarians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Librarians.

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Industries by Share

174k

2017 Workforce

± 10,245

-5.66%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 8.68%

The number of people employed as Librarians has been declining at a rate of -5.66%, from 184,792 people in 2016 to 174,341 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Librarians employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Librarians at  43.4%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 27.9% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 21.5%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Librarians in the US. The average age of male Librarians in the workforce is 46.3 and of female Librarians is 47.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Librarians is White.

Gender Composition

31.2k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,336

143k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 9,284

82.1% of Librarians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Librarians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Librarians

  1. White

  2. Black

  3. Asian

85.9% of Librarians are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.44% of Librarians, Black is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Librarians.

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Age by Gender

46.3

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2

47.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.894

The median age of Librarians is 47.6, and Male employees are generally 1.62 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Librarians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Librarians is Education but a relatively high number of Librarians hold a major in Library Science.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Librarians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Librarians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Speaking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Librarians need more than the average amount of Management of Financial Resources, Operations Analysis, and Management of Material Resources.

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