December 10, 2017

Placements & Salaries 2016: Explore All the Data

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Details on jobs and pay for 2015 LIS grads, broken down by region, type of role, school, and more.

Dig through these tables to discover the details about where 2015 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 2015 GRADUATES

School Region Schools Reporting Graduates Responding Employed in LIS field Employed Outside of LIS Currently Unemployed or Continuing Education Total Answering % Employed Full-time
Northeast 11 245 208 27 8 243 80%
Midwest 9 318 174 32 22 228 78%
Southeast 8 214 111 21 12 144 92%
South Central 8 169 138 22 7 167 87%
West 3 234 184 9 18 211 78%
TOTAL 39 1,180 815 111 67 993 82%
*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 2015 GRADUATES BY REGION*

Region Number of Placements NO. RESPONDING LOW SALARY HIGH SALARY AVERAGE SALARY MEDIAN SALARY
Women Men All** Women Men Women Men Women Men All** Women Men All**
Northeast 167 115 19 134 24,000 39,000 106,000 165,000 49,724 59,087 51,052 47,000 53,500 47,650
Southeast 200 114 26 141 20,000 19,200 97,850 85,000 46,075 44,899 45,876 44,750 43,700 44,500
Midwest 141 102 12 114 19,500 26,250 150,000 76,000 46,385 50,313 46,798 45,500 50,500 46,000
South Central 102 75 12 88 19,000 32,000 87,500 82,500 40,797 46,125 41,515 40,000 43,000 40,175
Mountain 40 23 9 32 25,000 32,000 75,000 51,500 45,374 42,667 44,612 45,000 45,000 45,000
Pacific 114 79 21 100 28,800 45,000 150,000 100,000 55,858 59,145 56,548 55,000 55,000 55,000
Canada/Intl. 16 10 1 11 24,000 38,513 95,000 38,513 59,105 38,513 57,233 60,790 38,513 60,800
TOTAL 900 583 113 698 19,000 19,200 150,000 165,000 47,759 51,602 48,371 45,000 49,225 45,000
*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 MAY show different numbers of placements.
**All includes nonbinary gender, other, and no answer.

TABLE 3: 2015 TOTAL GRADUATES AND PLACEMENTS BY SCHOOL*

GRADUATES EMPLOYED RESPONSE RATE
SCHOOLS Women Men All Women Men All** # Received Rate
Alabama 79 17 96 15 6 21 27 28.10%
Albany 27 25 52 7 3 10 14 26.90%
Buffalo 49 13 62 9 1 11 12 19.40%
Catholic 52 17 69 9 2 12 15 21.70%
Clarion 16 1 17 23
Dominican 89 26 116 37 6 43 60 51.70%
Drexel 103 17 120 4 1 5 8 6.70%
Florida State 88 6 94 9 2 11 19 20.20%
Hawaii 15 3 18 7 0 7 13 72.20%
Illinois Urbana-Champaign* 181 43 224 60 12 72 103 46.00%
Indiana-Bloomington 61 30 91 18 8 26 28 30.80%
Iowa 25 3 28 18 1 19 20 71.40%
Kentucky 63 12 75 18 5 23 31 41.30%
Long Island 93 16 109 3 4 7 10 9.20%
Louisiana State 7 1 8 9
Maryland 81 35 116 36 9 45 48 41.40%
Michigan 129 58 187 1 0 1 1 0.50%
Missouri 50 6 56 14 0 14 16 28.60%
NC Chapel Hill* 51 22 74 46 17 64 69 93.20%
NC Greensboro 62 15 77 6 2 8 15 19.50%
North Texas 206 49 255 25 5 30 33 12.90%
Oklahoma 37 7 44 4 3 7 9 20.50%
Pittsburgh 59 17 76 3 0 3 5 6.60%
Pratt 92 13 105 14 3 17 25 23.80%
Rutgers 88 20 108 31 1 32 41 38.00%
San Jose* 392 93 485 89 18 108 138 28.50%
Simmons* 222 45 267 62 6 69 82 30.70%
South Carolina 93 15 108 5 1 6 7 6.50%
South Florida 49 10 59 6 0 6 9 15.30%
So. Mississippi 23 3 26 12 2 14 16 61.50%
St. Catherine 50 10 60 9 2 11 19 31.70%
St. John’s 24 2 26 4 1 5 6 23.10%
Syracuse 47 18 65 12 1 13 19 29.20%
Tennessee 53 20 73 16 6 23 24 32.90%
Texas Woman’s 142 6 148 14 0 15 20 13.50%
Valdosta State 38 6 44 22 6 28 32 72.70%
Washington* 103 23 126 41 7 48 83 65.90%
Wayne State 136 30 166 21 5 26 50 30.10%
Wisconsin-Madison* 78 19 97 10 5 15 21 21.60%
TOTAL ANSWERING 3,230 770 4,002 740 153 900 1,180 29.50%
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 raw data. Comparison with other tables MAY show different numbers of placements.
**All includes nonbinary gender, other, and no answer.

TABLE 4: PLACEMENTS BY AVERAGE FULL-TIME SALARY OF REPORTING 2015 GRADUATES*

SCHOOLS AVERAGE SALARY MEDIAN SALARY LOW SALARY HIGH SALARY PLACEMENTS Total Placements
Women Men All Women Men Women Men Women Men Women Men
Alabama $43,128 $41,117 $42,525 $39,500 $38,500 $23,296 $19,200 $94,000 $76,000 14 6 20
Albany 39,716 62,167 48,135 42,000 62,000 26,500 49,500 48,800 75,000 5 3 8
Buffalo 44,517 39,000 43,827 43,000 39,000 34,750 39,000 53,369 39,000 7 1 8
Catholic 61,012 45,500 57,910 55,000 45,500 41,000 38,000 97,850 53,000 8 2 10
Clarion 52,583 44,500 52,044 48,368 44,500 38,000 44,500 89,000 44,500 14 1 15
Dominican 43,321 38,050 42,609 42,922 32,000 19,500 26,250 70,000 55,000 32 5 37
Drexel 40,000 45,000 41,000 38,500 45,000 35,000 45,000 48,000 45,000 4 1 5
Florida State 38,000 30,000 37,111 33,500 30,000 22,000 30,000 62,000 30,000 8 1 9
Hawaii 48,320 48,320 45,000 38,000 65,000 5 5
Illinois Urbana-Champaign** 46,019 55,955 47,727 43,000 50,000 25,000 36,000 84,000 100,000 53 11 64
Indiana-Bloomington 51,486 49,500 50,968 45,000 45,000 29,000 40,000 150,000 62,000 17 6 23
Iowa 50,934 50,934 54,000 29,000 67,000 15 15
Kentucky 48,833 42,000 47,627 45,000 40,000 29,300 34,000 105,000 52,000 14 3 17
Long Island 45,500 80,125 68,583 45,500 54,250 39,000 47,000 52,000 165,000 2 4 6
Louisiana State 42,467 45,000 42,829 43,500 45,000 37,500 45,000 45,700 45,000 6 1 7
Maryland 49,133 50,200 49,325 47,250 52,000 35,000 41,000 90,000 60,000 32 7 39
Michigan 42,000 42,000 42,000 42,000 42,000 1 1
Missouri 48,921 48,921 51,000 24,000 68,000 9 9
NC Greensboro 47,740 44,250 46,868 48,500 44,250 37,440 37,000 57,000 51,500 6 2 8
North Texas 43,697 46,134 44,205 42,000 45,000 21,827 36,670 65,000 62,000 19 5 24
Oklahoma 45,000 58,750 51,875 45,000 58,750 43,000 35,000 47,000 82,500 2 2 4
Pittsburgh 39,770 39,770 40,000 39,311 40,000 3 3
Pratt 58,578 48,000 57,697 56,109 48,000 340,00 48,000 85,000 48,000 11 1 12
Rutgers 57,136 60,000 57,261 50,500 60,000 37,000 60,000 106,000 60,000 22 1 23
San Jose** 52,902 58,395 53,889 50,000 52,300 26,000 43,000 110,000 100,000 73 16 89
Simmons** 45,159 43,912 45,055 44,000 45,000 24,000 38,513 70,000 50,000 55 5 60
South Carolina 33,167 33,167 37,500 21,000 41,000 3 3
South Florida 41,356 41,356 42,000 30,000 50,000 5 5
Southern Mississippi 39,396 32,000 38,780 40,000 32,000 28,000 32,000 55,000 32,000 11 1 12
St. Catherine 51,062 51,000 51,046 50,500 51,000 41,371 48,000 64,000 54,000 6 2 8
St. John’s 49,925 39,850 47,910 50,850 39,850 42,000 39,850 56,000 39,850 4 1 5
Syracuse 50,237 53,000 50,488 46,500 53,000 33,000 53,000 100,000 53,000 10 1 11
Tennessee 40,253 54,094 44,016 41,000 53,000 24,190 35,000 67,300 69,215 15 6 22
Texas Woman’s 42,708 43,154 40,500 19,000 71,000 12 13
Valdosta State 39,050 38,651 38,970 38,750 38,755 20,000 31,000 54,000 44,000 20 5 25
Washington** 54,103 57,857 54,674 55,000 55,000 25,000 45,000 150,000 65,000 39 7 46
Wayne State 42,153 61,125 45,767 37,000 57,500 25,000 44,500 80,000 85,000 17 4 21
Wisconsin-Madison** 51,500 55,000 52,667 50,000 55,000 45,000 55,000 61,000 55,000 4 2 6
TOTAL 47,759 51,602 48,371 45,000 49,225 19,000 19,200 150,000 165,000 583 113 698
*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 raw data.

TABLE 5: AVERAGE SALARY FOR STARTING LIBRARY POSITIONS, 2011–2015

YEAR Library Schools Represented Avg. Starting Salary Difference in Avg. Salary Percentage Change
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%
2015 39 48,371 1,384 2.95%

TABLE 6: FULL-TIME SALARIES OF REPORTING PROFESSIONALS BY PRIMARY JOB ASSIGNMENT

ASSIGNMENT No. Rec’d. % of Total Low Salary High Salary Average Salary Median Salary
Access Services 9 1.70% $21,000 $52,000 $38,259 $42,000
Administration 32 6.10% 19,000 100,000 50,636 45,500
Adult Services 35 6.60% 22,300 70,000 44,225 45,000
Archival and Preservation 32 6.10% 19,200 165,000 48,066 42,450
Children’s Services 42 8.00% 29,000 68,000 44,179 41,880
Circulation 11 2.10% 23,296 53,000 37,174 34,200
Collection Development/Acquisitions 12 2.30% 21,827 65,000 40,236 39,500
Communications, PR, and Social Media 3 0.60% 30,000 55,000 42,333 42,000
Data Analytics 5 0.90% 40,000 75,000 56,793 55,000
Data Curation & Management 5 0.90% 39,600 87,500 58,227 53,000
Digital Content Management 15 2.80% 28,000 76,000 45,920 46,300
Emerging Technologies 5 0.90% 42,000 62,000 51,800 51,000
Government Documents 9 1.70% 26,250 54,000 42,396 39,311
Information Technology 13 2.50% 37,000 82,500 58,438 55,000
Knowledge Management 4 0.80% 47,000 65,000 54,000 52,000
Market Intelligence/Business Research 3 0.60% 35,000 55,000 43,000 39,000
Metadata, Cataloging, and Taxonomy 30 5.70% 24,500 65,000 45,041 45,000
Outreach 7 1.30% 34,000 61,500 49,214 50,000
Patron Programming 2 0.40% 39,000 42,000 40,500 40,500
Public Services 11 2.10% 34,000 55,000 44,917 45,000
Records Management 14 2.70% 26,500 90,500 45,780 43,092
Reference/Information Services 55 10.40% 22,000 80,000 48,593 48,000
Rights and Permissions 2 0.40% 50,000 58,000 54,000 54,000
School Librarian/School Library Media Specialist 39 7.40% 24,000 106,000 53,478 50,000
Solo Librarian 15 2.80% 29,000 52,520 43,805 45,000
Systems Technology 10 1.90% 34,000 70,000 48,900 42,750
Teacher Librarian 20 3.80% 34,000 110,000 58,148 51,750
Technical Services 9 1.70% 30,000 53,000 39,053 33,512
Training, Teaching, and Instruction 29 5.50% 24,000 85,000 48,992 49,500
User Experience/Usability Analysis 3 0.60% 50,000 58,000 55,167 57,500
Website Design 2 0.40% 34,000 52,000 43,000 43,000
YA/Teen Services 15 2.80% 32,000 58,000 45,439 46,300
Other 29 5.50% 26,000 85,000 51,703 53,000
TOTAL ANSWERING 528 100.00% 19,000 165,000 47,814 45,065
This table represents full-time placements reported by primary job assignment. Some individuals omitted placement information,therefore 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

Total Placements Low Salary High Salary Average Salary Median Salary
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
Northeast 42 32,000 100,000 46,631 45,352
Southeast 36 22,000 54,300 39,418 38,050
South Central 26 19,000 55,000 37,767 39,000
Midwest 35 19,500 80,000 44,036 45,000
Mountain 10 25,000 50,000 41,876 44,000
Pacific 30 34,000 85,000 57,048 56,500
Canada/Intl. 3 46,216 68,250 60,822 68,000
ALL PUBLIC 204 19,000 100,000 44,565 43,533
COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
Northeast 23 24,000 75,000 51,191 51,500
Southeast 29 21,000 67,300 41,830 42,000
South Central 32 21,827 82,500 41,869 42,250
Midwest 30 25,480 65,000 45,459 47,750
Mountain 8 45,000 65,000 52,598 51,140
Pacific 24 28,800 72,000 49,935 48,613
Canada/Intl. 2 58,000 60,080 59,040 59,040
ALL ACADEMIC SCHOOL LIBRARIES 162 21,000 100,000 46,850 45,000
Northeast 25 37,000 106,000 56,993 50,000
Southeast 14 30,000 56,911 43,459 43,065
South Central 11 31,000 60,000 44,609 44,000
Midwest 18 24,000 68,000 52,054 54,000
Mountain 0
Pacific 9 40,000 110,000 67,556 58,000
Canada/Intl. 2 24,000 80,000 52,000 52,000
ALL SCHOOL GOVERNMENT LIBRARIES 86 24,000 110,000 52,848 50,000
Northeast 6 35,000 42,500 39,105 39,315
Southeast 24 31,065 90,000 53,669 53,025
South Central 5 33,930 87,500 48,009 39,600
Midwest 3 30,500 76,000 48,300 38,400
Mountain 6 32,000 45,000 39,256 40,769
Pacific 5 35,000 90,500 58,100 55,000
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL GOVERNMENT PRIVATE INDUSTRY 53 29,000 90,500 49,012 44,000
Northeast 11 26,500 60,000 45,136 43,000
Southeast 8 19,200 94,000 54,213 54,250
South Central 1 52,000 52,000 52,000 52,000
Midwest 9 30,000 105,000 50,829 48,965
Mountain 1 39,520 39,520 39,520 39,520
Pacific 16 30,000 150,000 62,813 55,000
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL PRIVATE INDUSTRY 53 19,200 150,000 53,473 51,000
SPECIAL LIBRARIES
Northeast 8 37,500 165,000 66,563 49,750
Southeast 7 40,400 60,000 50,560 52,520
South Central 2 55,000 75,000 65,000 65,000
Midwest 7 25,000 51,000 39,571 40,000
Mountain 4 25,000 75,000 48,250 46,500
Pacific 8 40,000 65,000 50,550 48,950
Canada/Intl. 1 38,513 38,513 38,513 38,513
ALL SPECIAL ARCHIVES/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 41 25,000 165,000 51,606 46,500
Northeast 8 32,000 60,000 47,825 47,000
Southeast 8 25,000 97,850 46,700 38,874
South Central 6 28,000 46,300 36,133 36,750
Midwest 5 28,800 47,258 37,712 34,000
Mountain 2 36,000 58,000 47,000 47,000
Pacific 2 55,000 60,000 57,500 57,500
Canada/Intl. 1 61,500 61,500 61,500 61,500
ALL ARCHIVES/SPECIAL COLLECTIONS 33 25,000 97,850 44,570 40,600
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Northeast 3 55,000 85,000 66,000 58,000
Southeast 8 41,000 76,000 51,327 47,250
South Central 1 26,500 26,500 26,500 26,500
Midwest 1 64,000 64,000 64,000 64,000
Mountain 0
Pacific 4 42,000 65,000 50,500 47,500
Canada/Intl. 0
ALL NONPROFIT 18 26,500 85,000 52,562 48,750
OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
Northeast 7 28,000 80,000 54,000 50,000
Southeast 7 43,000 62,000 52,571 55,000
South Central 4 38,000 49,500 43,875 44,000
Midwest 6 22,300 150,000 60,183 44,400
Mountain 1 26,000 26,000 26,000 26,000
Pacific 2 55,000 65,000 60,000 60,000
Canada/Intl. 2 30,000 95,000 62,500 62,500
ALL OTHER 33 22,300 150,000 53,291 48,800
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 179 24 204 $19,000 $32,000 $100,000 $69,215 $44,146 $47,876 $44,565 $42,843 $45,675 $43,533
College/University Libraries 127 35 162 21,000 24,500 72,000 100,000 46,020 49,864 46,850 45,000 47,000 45,000
School Libraries 80 6 86 24,000 30,000 110,000 100,000 52,749 54,167 52,848 50,000 49,000 50,000
Government Libraries 42 11 53 29,000 32,000 90,500 76,000 49,543 46,986 49,012 43,361 45,000 44,000
Private Industry 41 11 53 20,000 19,200 150,000 85,000 53,302 54,564 53,473 48,000 55,000 51,000
Special Libraries 30 11 41 25,000 38,513 80,000 165,000 47,777 62,047 51,606 46,000 51,500 46,500
Archives/Special Collections 29 4 33 25,000 38,000 97,850 56,000 44,605 44,312 44,570 40,600 41,624 40,600
Nonprofit Organizations 16 2 18 26,500 45,000 85,000 55,000 52,882 50,000 52,562 48,750 50,000 48,750
Other Organizations 27 6 33 22,300 45,000 150,000 65,000 52,096 58,667 53,291 47,000 61,000 48,800
This table represents only full-time salaries and all placements reported by type. Some individuals omitted placement information, rendering some information unusable.
**All includes nonbinary gender, other, and no answer.

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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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