ALA-APA Salary Survey


Hiring managers and jobseekers, directors and HR professionals, students and professionals — the ALA-APA Salary Survey Database will provide you with information critical to your career. Now included with your ALA membership, this valued resource gives you information you need to find your path in the profession and know the value your expertise brings to your community.

A vital resource for job-seekers

  • Research salary information by state or region
  • Learn what to ask in interviews
  • Understand the value your expertise brings to the community

A tool for library directors and HR managers

  • Keep an eye on the salary landscape across the profession
  • Map out plans for your library’s future
  • Make sure your institution is keeping up with the market

An asset to students

  • Know what your skills are worth
  • See where your classes can take you
  • Plan out your path into the profession

The ALA-APA Salary Survey summarizes library workers’ salaries across six position categories and includes data from both librarian (2006 – 2011, 2014, 2016, and 2019) and non-MLS (2006 – 2007) workers in public and academic libraries.

The 2019 survey shows aggregated data from more than 12,032 positions from 727 libraries by region and state. Data is shown for public libraries serving populations under 10,000 to more than 500,000 and for academic libraries at two-year colleges, four-year colleges and university libraries, including Association of Research Libraries. Read the 2019 Summary.

Access to ALA-APA’s Library Salary Database — a $250 value — is now included with your ALA membership.

Being aware of the salary landscape across the profession can be a critical resource whether you’re hiring staff, mapping out plans for your library, or planning for the future of your career. Use your ALA membership log in to access the database. Not a member? Join now!


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