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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2020

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)
135,070 2.1 % $ 30.56 $ 63,560 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Librarians and Media Collections Specialists:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 16.74 $ 22.64 $ 29.24 $ 37.34 $ 46.85
Annual Wage (2) $ 34,810 $ 47,090 $ 60,820 $ 77,680 $ 97,460


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 48,210 0.58 $ 31.36 $ 65,230
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,310 0.76 $ 27.48 $ 57,160
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,310 0.64 $ 33.21 $ 69,070
Other Information Services 11,480 3.31 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Junior Colleges 4,460 0.65 $ 32.98 $ 68,590

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 11,480 3.31 $ 30.53 $ 63,500
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 41,310 0.76 $ 27.48 $ 57,160
Junior Colleges 4,460 0.65 $ 32.98 $ 68,590
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 19,310 0.64 $ 33.21 $ 69,070
Elementary and Secondary Schools 48,210 0.58 $ 31.36 $ 65,230

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 $ 44.68 $ 92,930
Scientific Research and Development Services 490 0.06 $ 38.53 $ 80,130
Legal Services 1,040 0.09 $ 38.32 $ 79,710
Software Publishers 100 0.02 $ 36.27 $ 75,440
Grantmaking and Giving Services 80 0.06 $ 35.54 $ 73,920


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.





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)
California 14,190 0.86 0.89 $ 37.64 $ 78,300
New York 11,370 1.31 1.35 $ 35.43 $ 73,690
Texas 9,650 0.80 0.82 $ 29.52 $ 61,390
Illinois 6,080 1.08 1.11 $ 29.40 $ 61,150
Florida 5,340 0.63 0.65 $ 27.50 $ 57,190




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 550 1.94 2.00 $ 24.52 $ 51,000
Wyoming 450 1.71 1.76 $ 24.89 $ 51,760
District of Columbia 1,170 1.71 1.76 $ 41.59 $ 86,520
New Hampshire 1,050 1.69 1.74 $ 27.80 $ 57,830
Kansas 2,060 1.54 1.59 $ 22.83 $ 47,480




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 1,170 1.71 1.76 $ 41.59 $ 86,520
Washington 2,890 0.90 0.93 $ 37.66 $ 78,330
California 14,190 0.86 0.89 $ 37.64 $ 78,300
Maryland 3,080 1.22 1.26 $ 37.48 $ 77,950
Massachusetts 4,820 1.44 1.48 $ 35.58 $ 74,000





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 10,410 1.18 1.21 $ 37.46 $ 77,920
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,470 2.35 2.42 $ 38.20 $ 79,450
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 4,690 1.07 1.11 $ 31.05 $ 64,590
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 4,160 1.38 1.42 $ 42.50 $ 88,390
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,590 0.62 0.63 $ 39.08 $ 81,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 3,560 1.37 1.41 $ 36.83 $ 76,600
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 2,600 0.96 0.99 $ 31.63 $ 65,790
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 2,530 0.71 0.73 $ 30.59 $ 63,620
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 2,400 0.81 0.83 $ 30.44 $ 63,300
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 2,060 0.78 0.81 $ 30.66 $ 63,780




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)
Ithaca, NY 180 4.01 4.13 $ 37.64 $ 78,300
Champaign-Urbana, IL 260 2.75 2.83 $ 29.67 $ 61,710
Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL 130 2.54 2.62 $ 21.69 $ 45,120
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 120 2.44 2.51 $ 29.82 $ 62,030
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 5,470 2.35 2.42 $ 38.20 $ 79,450
Charlottesville, VA 250 2.31 2.38 $ 32.91 $ 68,460
Barnstable Town, MA 180 1.99 2.05 $ 32.09 $ 66,740
Iowa City, IA 170 1.97 2.03 $ 30.28 $ 62,990
Baton Rouge, LA 690 1.87 1.92 $ 26.23 $ 54,560
Lawrence, KS 80 1.86 1.91 $ 30.23 $ 62,880