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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

25-4022 Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

Administer and maintain libraries or collections of information, for public or private access through reference or borrowing. Work in a variety of settings, such as educational institutions, museums, and corporations, and with various types of informational materials, such as books, periodicals, recordings, films, and databases. Tasks may include acquiring, cataloging, and circulating library materials, and user services such as locating and organizing information, providing instruction on how to access information, and setting up and operating a library’s media equipment.


National estimates for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
Industry profile for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists
Geographic profile for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists

National estimates for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
127,790 1.0 % $ 30.86 $ 64,180 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 17.94 $ 23.06 $ 29.42 $ 37.21 $ 47.06
Annual Wage (2) $ 37,300 $ 47,960 $ 61,190 $ 77,400 $ 97,870


Industry profile for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Elementary and Secondary Schools 48,670 0.60 $ 31.98 $ 66,520
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 40,330 0.75 $ 28.25 $ 58,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,390 0.65 $ 33.21 $ 69,070
Other Information Services 6,490 1.79 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Junior Colleges 3,990 0.64 $ 34.05 $ 70,830

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 6,490 1.79 $ 26.64 $ 55,410
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 40,330 0.75 $ 28.25 $ 58,750
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,390 0.65 $ 33.21 $ 69,070
Junior Colleges 3,990 0.64 $ 34.05 $ 70,830
Elementary and Secondary Schools 48,670 0.60 $ 31.98 $ 66,520

Top paying industries for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 1,280 0.06 $ 45.55 $ 94,740
Legal Services 740 0.06 $ 41.61 $ 86,550
Software Publishers (8) (8) $ 41.40 $ 86,100
Computer Systems Design and Related Services 160 0.01 $ 39.50 $ 82,150
Grantmaking and Giving Services 50 0.04 $ 38.80 $ 80,700


Geographic profile for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of librarians and media collections specialists by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 11,620 1.34 1.48 $ 36.69 $ 76,310
Texas 9,760 0.80 0.88 $ 29.49 $ 61,330
California 8,670 0.52 0.58 $ 38.82 $ 80,740
Florida 6,260 0.73 0.80 $ 28.24 $ 58,740
Illinois 5,850 1.04 1.15 $ 29.28 $ 60,910


Map of location quotient of librarians and media collections specialists by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Vermont 630 2.23 2.46 $ 27.38 $ 56,950
Alaska 570 1.93 2.12 $ 25.26 $ 52,540
Louisiana 3,070 1.71 1.89 $ 27.14 $ 56,460
New Hampshire 1,050 1.65 1.82 $ 30.42 $ 63,270
Rhode Island 710 1.55 1.71 $ 33.21 $ 69,080


Map of annual mean wages of librarians and media collections specialists by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 1,000 1.52 1.67 $ 42.09 $ 87,540
Washington 2,320 0.72 0.80 $ 41.20 $ 85,690
California 8,670 0.52 0.58 $ 38.82 $ 80,740
Maryland 3,210 1.26 1.39 $ 37.39 $ 77,780
New York 11,620 1.34 1.48 $ 36.69 $ 76,310



Map of employment of librarians and media collections specialists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 10,550 1.22 1.34 $ 38.72 $ 80,540
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,520 1.07 1.18 $ 30.86 $ 64,180
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 3,730 1.27 1.40 $ 42.03 $ 87,430
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,370 1.30 1.44 $ 36.65 $ 76,240
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,800 0.78 0.86 $ 30.87 $ 64,220
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,540 0.44 0.49 $ 40.77 $ 84,790
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,360 0.89 0.98 $ 33.26 $ 69,180
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,960 0.68 0.75 $ 31.27 $ 65,040
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,740 0.67 0.74 $ 33.57 $ 69,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,680 0.68 0.75 $ 29.94 $ 62,260


Map of location quotient of librarians and media collections specialists by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, FL 410 3.09 3.41 $ 28.47 $ 59,220
New Orleans-Metairie, LA 1,250 2.47 2.73 $ 27.44 $ 57,080
Charlottesville, VA 240 2.25 2.48 $ 32.60 $ 67,800
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 110 2.18 2.40 $ 30.31 $ 63,040
Kingston, NY 110 2.11 2.33 $ 33.70 $ 70,100
Lawrence, KS 90 2.08 2.29 $ 31.16 $ 64,810
Iowa City, IA 170 1.97 2.17 $ 33.06 $ 68,760
New Haven, CT 540 1.97 2.17 $ 33.60 $ 69,880
Baton Rouge, LA 690 1.89 2.08 $ 28.06 $ 58,350
Watertown-Fort Drum, NY 70 1.87 2.06 $ 27.54 $ 57,290