February 18, 2017

Placements & Salaries 2015: Explore All the Data

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Details on jobs and pay for 2014 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2014 LIS grads are landing jobs, at what salaries, and in what kinds of roles, or see the full feature for all the analysis.

TABLE 1: STATUS OF 2014 GRADUATES

This year this table has been improved by using new employment categories that are responsive to the expanding environments where LIS professionals are working. Respondents could determine if they were employed using their LIS skills (employed in the LIS field) or if they were simply employed.

School Region Number of Schools Reporting Number of Graduates Responding Employed in LIS Field Employed Outside United States Currently Unemployed or Continuing Education Total Answering Percentage Employed Full-Time
Northeast 10 347 278 51 18 347 80%
Southeast 7 221 148 30 24 202 82%
Midwest 10 398 216 25 6 247 85%
South Central 9 270 156 26 11 193 88%
Pacific 4 143 9 0 0 9 79%
TOTAL 40 1,379 907 132 59 998 83%
*Table based on survey responses from schools and individual graduates. Figures will not necessarily be fully consistent with some of the other data reported. Tables do not always add up, individually or collectively, since both schools and individuals omitted data in some cases.

TABLE 2: PLACEMENTS & FULL-TIME SALARIES OF 2014 GRADUATES/SUMMARY BY REGION*

NO. RESPONDING LOW SALARY HIGH SALARY AVERAGE SALARY MEDIAN SALARY
Region Number of Placements Women Men All** Women Men Women Men Women Men All** Women Men All**
Northeast 283 150 40 195 $14,000 $14,000 $110,000 $75,000 $47,055 $45,703 $46,464 $45,000 $43,000 $45,000
Southeast 165 84 33 120 14,560 24,999 77,000 88,000 39,198 45,761 41,073 39,500 45,000 40,000
Midwest 270 129 31 163 14,000 29,400 90,000 170,000 44,097 61,126 47,401 42,000 45,000 43,000
South Central 195 132 30 162 17,000 22,500 75,000 75,000 42,826 41,313 42,546 41,000 42,000 41,040
Mountain 60 33 12 45 20,000 14,000 65,000 90,000 40,726 48,190 42,716 40,000 44,500 41,000
Pacific 165 60 25 88 25,000 23,800 120,000 118,000 58,981 79,080 63,987 52,000 80,000 55,200
Canada/Intl. 18 11 2 13 16,000 95,000 82,000 96,000 57,818 95,500 63,615 64,000 95,500 70,000
COMBINED 1,156 606 173 793 14,000 14,000 120,000 170,000 45,353 53,288 46,987 42,500 45,000 43,000
*This table represents only salaries reported as full-time. Some data were reported as aggregate without breakdown by gender or region. Comparison with other tables will show different numbers of placements.
**All includes transgender, other, and no answer.

TABLE 3: 2014 TOTAL GRADUATES AND PLACEMENTS BY SCHOOL*

GRADUATES EMPLOYED RESPONSE RATE
SCHOOLS Women Men Total Women Men Total Number Received Rate
Alabama 81 19 100 11 2 13 16 16.00%
Albany 56 24 80 7 4 12 14 17.50%
Buffalo* 11 3 17 22
Catholic 40 18 58 5 5 5 8.60%
Clarion 122 30 152 19 9 28 31 20.40%
Dominican 115 29 144 32 4 37 54 37.50%
Drexel 110 40 150 18 3 21 30 20.00%
Florida State 101 29 130 13 5 20 26 20.00%
Hawaii 20 4 24 5 1 7 8 33.30%
Illinois* 195 68 263 101 136 51.70%
Indiana-Bloomington 104 44 148 15 3 19 25 16.90%
Indiana-Purdue 10 2 12 13
Iowa 16 6 22 11 1 13 17 77.30%
Kentucky 68 20 88 21 4 25 32 36.40%
Long Island 2 2 6
Louisiana State 46 10 56 4 4 4 7.10%
Michigan* 102 73 175 78 60 138 149 85.10%
Missouri-Columbia 42 13 55 3 3 7 12.70%
NC Chapel Hill* 81 26 107 107 100.00%
NC Greensboro 57 15 72 10 3 13 25 34.70%
North Texas 237 54 291 34 11 47 57 19.60%
Oklahoma 36 10 46 8 5 13 19 41.30%
Pratt 84 19 103 15 2 17 23 22.30%
Queens 89 29 118 5 1 7 10 8.50%
Rhode Island 35 6 41
Rutgers 94 28 122 37 13 51 61 50.00%
San Jose* 429 113 542 86 12 100 129 23.80%
Simmons* 220 34 254 73 15 90 130 51.20%
South Carolina 77 21 98 11 2 13 16 16.30%
South Florida 80 12 92 8 4 12 17 18.50%
Southern Mississippi 37 10 47 15 3 18 18 38.30%
St. Catherine 47 8 55 22 1 23 33 60.00%
St. John’s 18 6 24
Syracuse 59 14 73 16 1 17 20 27.40%
Tennessee 58 26 84 12 3 15 16 19.00%
Texas-Austin* 81 30 111 49 17 66 82 73.90%
Texas Woman’s 127 12 139 20 2 22 26 18.70%
UCLA 1 1 1
Valdosta State 14 6 20 25
Washington* 105 22 127 4 5 3.90%
Wayne State 9 2 11 18
Wisconsin-Madison* 28 2 31 40
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 106 34 140 28 8 36 42 30.00%
TOTAL 3,375 956 4,331 765 215 1,104 1,515 35.00%
Tables do not always add up, individually or collectively, owing to omitted data from schools and/or individuals.
*Some schools conducted their own survey and provided reports. This table represents placements of any kind. Comparison with other tables will show different numbers of placements.

TABLE 4: PLACEMENTS BY AVERAGE FULL-TIME SALARY OF REPORTING 2014 GRADUATES*

AVERAGE SALARY MEDIAN SALARY LOW SALARY HIGH SALARY PLACEMENTS Total Placements
Women Men All Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men
UCLA $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 $110,000 1 1
Michigan $61,704 78,572 68,848 54,000 77,500 $30,000 30,000 $120,000 170,000 49 36 85
Catholic 53,000 53,000 50,000 40,000 74,000 5 5
San Jose 50,821 63,890 52,418 48,500 41,000 25,000 33,500 115,000 118,000 60 9 70
Texas-Austin 50,898 50,735 50,856 47,500 47,500 17,000 22,500 110,000 97,500 49 17 66
Pratt 51,152 45,000 50,127 46,260 45,000 28,000 40,000 110,000 50,000 10 2 12
St. Catherine’s 47,531 57,000 48,057 41,000 57,000 34,000 57,000 90,000 57,000 17 1 18
Long Island 47,500 47,500 47,500 45,000 50,000 2 2
Rutgers 47,956 46,588 47,288 48,000 42,500 14,560 28,000 87,500 75,000 31 12 44
Indiana-Bloomington 41,964 63,333 47,149 43,465 50,000 28,000 50,000 69,500 90,000 13 3 17
Dominican 45,548 40,125 44,773 44,750 44,250 25,000 27,000 76,000 45,000 24 4 28
Florida State 42,733 49,000 44,559 44,000 42,000 24,000 40,000 58,000 68,000 11 5 18
Hawaii 45,100 42,000 44,480 52,500 42,000 20,000 42,000 55,400 42,000 4 1 5
Albany 41,664 50,526 44,322 42,000 52,000 18,000 42,000 62,275 57,577 7 3 10
Missouri-Columbia 43,991 43,991 41,974 40,000 50,000 3 3
Simmons 43,845 44,786 43,772 42,500 44,000 27,300 30,000 81,431 62,000 61 14 76
Wisconsin-Madison 43,908 39,500 43,696 42,000 39,500 28,912 36,000 62,000 43,000 24 2 27
North Texas 43,403 43,400 43,287 40,281 43,500 20,000 27,000 92,000 54,000 27 10 38
Iowa 44,458 43,143 42,500 30,025 70,000 10 11
Clarion 42,821 43,313 43,000 42,250 45,000 14,000 14,000 76,000 57,500 14 8 22
Tennessee 36,208 76,500 41,964 33,500 76,500 16,000 65,000 62,000 88,000 12 2 14
Valdosta 41,883 42,000 41,922 39,500 42,000 25,000 26,000 67,000 65,000 12 6 18
NC Greensboro 39,629 49,000 41,711 41,000 49,000 28,000 36,000 48,500 62,000 7 2 9
Texas Woman’s 41,485 41,000 41,431 41,000 41,000 18,865 34,000 59,300 48,000 16 2 18
Buffalo 46,493 31,333 40,808 46,000 35,000 34,000 14,000 56,000 45,000 5 3 8
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 39,814 40,733 40,019 40,000 41,500 14,000 29,400 68,000 51,000 21 6 27
Syracuse 39,537 45,000 39,878 40,162 45,000 21,000 45,000 55,500 45,000 15 1 16
Oklahoma 38,540 39,000 38,732 40,000 41,000 30,000 27,000 45,700 44,000 7 5 12
Wayne 34,750 49,500 38,438 36,750 49,500 25,000 49,000 40,000 50,000 6 2 8
Drexel 37,629 44,388 38,424 40,000 44,388 21,000 40,000 50,000 48,775 15 2 17
Queens 40,500 37,500 38,125 40,500 37,500 31,000 37,500 50,000 37,500 2 1 4
Louisiana State 38,006 38,006 38,000 33,524 42,500 4 4
Washington 37,500 4
South Florida 35,400 39,025 37,011 37,000 39,050 18,000 24,999 45,000 53,000 5 4 9
Indiana-Purdue 33,880 47,500 36,356 36,700 47,500 17,000 40,000 47,000 55,000 9 2 11
Kentucky 37,401 26,500 36,254 38,000 26,500 24,000 25,000 52,000 28,000 17 2 19
Alabama 36,515 34,400 36,092 30,060 34,400 27,000 23,800 72,000 45,000 8 2 10
Southern Mississippi 34,761 36,750 35,046 35,820 36,750 19,798 31,000 43,500 42,500 12 2 14
South Carolina 35,211 26,000 34,373 34,619 26,000 20,000 26,000 45,000 26,000 10 1 11
*This table represents only placements and salaries reported as full-time. Some individuals or schools omitted information, rendering information unusable.
*Some schools conducted their own survey and provided reports. This table represents placements of any kind. Comparison with other tables will show different numbers of placements.

TABLE 5: AVERAGE SALARY FOR STARTING LIBRARY POSITIONS, 2010–2014

YEAR Library Schools Represented Avg. Starting Salary Difference in Avg. Salary Percentage Change
2010 38 $42,556 $341 0.81%
2011 41 44,565 2,009 4.72%
2012 41 44,503 ($62) -0.14%
2013 40 45,650 1,147 2.58%
2014 39 46,987 1,337 2.93%

TABLE 6: SALARIES OF REPORTING PROFESSIONALS BY AREA OF JOB TITLE*

This year salaries are reported based on job title rather than job assignment. This allows the survey to be more responsive to the changing information environment.

ASSIGNMENT No. Rec’d. % of Total Low Salary High Salary Average Salary Median Salary
Access Services Librarian 10 2.10% $25,000 $68,000 $42,329 $39,396
Adult/Public Services Librarian 14 2.90% 14,000 70,000 42,510 43,000
Archivist 32 6.70% 17,000 65,000 44,763 42,750
Assistant Director 5 1.00% 29,000 45,000 34,400 32,000
Branch Manager/Library Manager 9 1.90% 28,000 50,000 36,444 31,000
Business Analyst 6 1.30% 38,000 67,500 55,083 56,250
Cataloger/Catalog Librarian 13 2.70% 25,000 56,000 37,897 40,000
Children’s/Youth Services Librarian 21 4.40% 26,325 56,000 43,818 44,000
Collection Development Librarian 5 1.00% 32,000 69,000 50,200 45,000
Data Analyst/Scientist 7 1.50% 41,000 95,000 72,571 75,000
Digital Asset Management 6 1.30% 37,500 115,000 62,167 50,250
Digital Services Librarian 9 1.90% 32,000 62,000 45,778 47,500
Electronic Resources Librarian 5 1.00% 34,000 53,000 43,300 44,500
Head Librarian 4 0.80% 40,000 59,300 48,825 48,000
Information Services Librarian 4 0.80% 30,025 47,000 38,781 39,050
Librarian 56 11.70% 19,798 80,000 44,892 42,000
Library Associate/Library Assistant 21 4.40% 14,560 44,000 31,090 33,000
Library Director 25 5.20% 24,000 118,000 46,164 40,000
Library Specialist 6 1.30% 27,000 42,500 34,083 33,750
Library Technical Assistant 5 1.00% 20,000 45,000 29,560 26,000
Library Technician 8 1.70% 21,000 52,000 34,975 35,000
Medical Librarian 3 0.60% 25,000 44,000 36,333 40,000
Metadata Librarian 5 1.00% 38,000 67,500 47,500 46,000
Outreach Librarian 8 1.70% 37,500 64,000 51,558 52,500
Reference & Instruction Librarian 37 7.70% 17,000 74,000 43,221 42,000
Research Assistant 4 0.80% 38,000 52,500 43,375 41,500
Research Librarian 12 2.50% 38,000 68,000 49,992 48,250
School Librarian 16 3.30% 30,000 96,000 46,094 44,250
School Library Media Specialist 25 5.20% 35,000 87,500 50,362 47,900
Software Engineer/Developer 10 2.10% 36,000 170,000 85,450 78,500
Special Collections Librarian 4 0.80% 26,000 42,500 35,250 36,250
Systems Librarian 5 1.00% 40,000 57,000 50,400 53,000
Technical Services Librarian 6 1.30% 34,237 48,775 43,169 44,000
Teen/YA Librarian 35 7.30% 28,912 54,000 38,596 37,000
UX Designer/Researcher 37 7.70% 37,000 120,000 78,075 77,500
TOTAL ANSWERING 478 100% 14,000 170,000 46,987 43,000
This table represents placements of any type reported by job title but only salaries reported as full-time.
Some individuals omitted placement information, rendering some information unusable. Comparison with other tables may show different numbers of placements and average and median salaries.

TABLE 7: COMPARISON OF FULL-TIME SALARIES BY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION AND REGION

This year the salary table is focused on full-time salaries.

Total Placements Low Salary High Salary Average Salary Median Salary
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Southeast 36 $14,560 $54,000 $35,314 $35,000
Midwest 52 14,000 87,000 40,401 40,000
South Central 49 18,865 56,000 36,291 37,000
Mountain 19 14,000 65,000 38,961 41,000
Pacific 18 35,000 118,000 56,278 50,500
Northeast 50 14,000 70,000 40,804 41,500
Canada/Intl. 5 45,000 82,000 68,200 70,000
ALL PUBLIC 232 14,000 118,000 40,635 40,000
SCHOOL LIBRARIES
Southeast 9 18,000 67,000 45,056 45,000
Midwest 11 30,000 68,009 47,637 45,000
South Central 24 28,000 60,000 44,003 43,000
Mountain 3 50,000 65,000 55,000 50,000
Pacific 8 23,800 73,000 47,413 48,750
Northeast 22 30,000 87,500 52,996 50,500
Canada/Intl. 4 35,000 96,000 68,250 71,000
ALL SCHOOL 83 18,000 96,000 48,588 47,000
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Southeast 42 20,000 88,000 41,239 40,500
Midwest 34 20,000 66,000 42,075 42,750
South Central 39 17,000 63,000 39,696 40,000
Mountain 14 24,190 58,000 40,069 40,000
Pacific 14 25,000 67,500 46,908 45,009
Northeast 49 16,000 72,000 46,265 45,000
Canada/Intl. 1 70,000 70,000 70,000 70,000
ALL ACADEMIC 193 16,000 88,000 42,826 42,500
SPECIAL LIBRARIES
Southeast 4 29,120 45,600 39,930 42,500
Midwest 10 25,000 76,000 42,850 36,750
South Central 5 27,500 50,000 42,300 44,000
Mountain 1 65,000 65,000 65,000 65,000
Pacific 6 43,000 110,000 65,167 61,250
Northeast 8 35,360 75,000 49,315 44,580
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL SPECIAL 34 25,000 110,000 48,536 44,580
GOVERNMENT LIBRARIES
Southeast 5 30,000 62,500 47,332 52,000
Midwest 7 28,000 62,275 46,579 48,000
South Central 8 19,798 59,300 40,950 41,750
Mountain 1 44,000 44,000 44,000 44,000
Pacific 0
Northeast 4 17,000 52,000 38,843 43,185
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL GOVERNMENT 26 17,000 62,500 42,719 44,185
ARCHIVES
Southeast 7 24,000 60,000 42,857 42,000
Midwest 6 20,000 42,000 32,075 32,505
South Central 4 38,000 45,000 42,563 43,625
Mountain 1 36,000 36,000 36,000 36,000
Pacific 6 36,000 110,000 58,553 49,159
Northeast 12 14,000 62,000 42,792 45,500
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL ARCHIVES 36 14,000 110,000 43,431 42,000
PRIVATE INDUSTRY
Southeast 7 36,000 85,000 53,643 45,000
Midwest 28 35,000 170,000 70,907 60,500
South Central 24 22,500 75,000 57,375 57,500
Mountain 2 65,000 75,000 70,000 70,000
Pacific 27 37,500 120,000 86,222 95,000
Northeast 17 34,000 110,000 58,941 50,000
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL PRIVATE INDUSTRY 106 22,500 170,000 68,424 66,250
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Southeast 4 30,000 54,000 38,500 35,000
Midwest 8 35,500 62,000 41,688 38,000
South Central 0
Mountain 2 36,000 90,000 63,000 63,000
Pacific 1 65,000 65,000 65,000 65,000
Northeast 18 27,736 82,500 43,791 40,000
Canada/Intl. 1 45,000 45,000 45,000 45,000
ALL NONPROFIT 34 27,736 90,000 44,463 39,500
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Southeast 9 25,000 65,000 44,667 42,000
Midwest 13 22,000 69,500 47,731 50,000
South Central 12 29,000 67,500 45,950 41,000
Mountain 3 34,000 40,000 36,667 36,000
Pacific 10 34,000 110,000 60,154 50,000
Northeast 20 18,000 81,431 47,890 49,000
Canada/Intl. 2 16,000 82,000 49,000 49,000
ALL OTHER 69 16,000 110,000 48,424 45,000
This table represents only full-time salaries and all placements reported by type. Some individuals omitted placement information, rendering some information unusable.

TABLE 8: FULL-TIME SALARIES BY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION & GENDER

TOTAL PLACEMENTS LOW SALARY HIGH SALARY AVERAGE SALARY MEDIAN SALARY
Women Men All Women Men Women Men Women Men All Women Men All
Public Libraries 188 39 232 $14,000 $14,000 $92,000 $118,000 $40,232 $43,427 $40,635 $40,000 $42,000 $40,000
School Libraries 72 9 83 18,000 23,800 87,500 96,000 47,938 55,478 48,588 47,000 51,000 47,000
College/University Libraries 44 193 16,000 22,500 74,000 88,000 42,304 44,097 42,826 42,000 43,500 42,500
Special Libraries 31 3 34 25,000 36,000 110,000 40,000 49,492 38,667 48,536 45,000 40,000 44,580
Government Libraries 22 4 26 17,000 30,000 62,500 52,000 42,667 43,000 42,719 44,185 45,000 44,185
Archives 28 8 36 20,000 14,000 110,000 60,000 44,732 38,876 43,431 42,250 37,805 42,000
Private Industry 59 45 106 22,500 22,500 120,000 170,000 65,288 74,020 68,424 62,500 75,000 66,250
Nonprofit Organizations 27 7 34 27,736 35,000 82,500 90,000 43,490 48,214 44,463 40,000 37,500 39,500
Other Organizations 50 18 69 16,000 30,000 82,000 110,000 45,861 55,733 48,424 44,000 51,000 45,000
This table represents only full-time salaries and all placements reported by type. Some individuals omitted placement information, rendering some information unusable.

This article was published in Library Journal's October 15, 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Suzie Allard About Suzie Allard

Suzie Allard (sallard@utk.edu) is Professor of Information Sciences and Associate Dean of Research, University of Tennessee College of Communication & Information, Knoxville. She is PI or co-PI on grants funded by IMLS, NSF, and other foundations. She is a member of the DataONE Leadership Team and the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations Board of Directors and the winner of the 2013 LJ Teaching Award.

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Comments

  1. Hello, I am so grateful for this Placements and Salaries data. I don’t see LJ data broken down by gender and what they is referred to as “assignment.” Would I (we) be able to get that data? Thank you!

    • Suzie Allard says:

      Thanks for taking the time to write. Unfortunately this year that data is not available. While I know this is disappointing there is good news too! Planning for next year’s survey is underway and we are focusing on being sure that we have the data to do this kind of analysis.

  2. Thank you so much for this data. It is very disparaging to see that there is still a big gap between men and women in this field as far as salaries go.

  3. Sarah S. says:

    Data Error in TABLE 8: FULL-TIME SALARIES BY TYPE OF ORGANIZATION & GENDER– see high and low salary figures for Males in the row for “College/University Libraries”