Library technicians

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Total Workforce
41.1k
Average Age
40.5
Average Salary
$17,480
Average Male Salary
$23,813
Average Female Salary
$15,664

About

Library technicians are most often employed by the Libraries & archives industry. The average yearly wage for Library technicians was $17,480 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Library technicians by wage are Library assistants, clerical, Tour & travel guides, and Waiters & waitresses.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Library technicians are St. Lawrence County PUMA, NY and Yamhill & Polk Counties PUMA, OR. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Library technicians are St. Lawrence County PUMA, NY and Yamhill & Polk Counties PUMA, OR.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Library technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Libraries & archives is the industry that employs the most Library technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Library technicians, by average wage, is Elementary & secondary schools. Library technicians are paid most in St. Louis City (South) PUMA, MO but are relatively concentrated in St. Lawrence County PUMA, NY.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$17,480
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,434

In 2018, Library technicians earned an average of $17,480, $36,408 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Waiters & waitresses make somewhat more than Library technicians while Library assistants, clerical make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Library technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.469
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Library technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.469, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Library technicians (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

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Library technicians

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

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Library technicians, by number of employees, are Libraries & archives, Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges, and Elementary & secondary schools.

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Industries by Share

41.1k
2018 Workforce
± 4,974
-22%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 20.7%

The number of people employed as Library technicians has been declining at a rate of -22%, from 52,604 people in 2017 to 41,055 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Library technicians employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Library technicians at  64.2%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 16.7% and Elementary & secondary schools with 12.2%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Library technicians in the US. The average age of male Library technicians in the workforce is 35 and of female Library technicians is 42.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Library technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

9.15k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,348
31.9k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,385

77.7% of Library technicians are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Library technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Library technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

72.6% of Library technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 8.06% of Library technicians, White (Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Library technicians.

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Age by Gender

35
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4.44
42.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.58

The median age of Library technicians is 40.5, and Male employees are generally 7.11 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

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

Majors

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

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Library technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Library technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library technicians need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Learning Strategies, and Reading Comprehension.

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