Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2003

25-4021 Librarians

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, schools, colleges and universities, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edit, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.

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National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
153,330 2.3 % $21.89 $45,520 0.7 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $12.59 $16.76 $21.22 $26.56 $32.70
Annual Wage (2) $26,180 $34,870 $44,140 $55,250 $68,010

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Elementary and secondary schools 62,590 $22.81 $47,450 1 24
Local government (OES designation) 43,550 $19.62 $40,810 2 38
Colleges and universities 20,920 $23.56 $49,000 3 19
Other information services 5,950 $19.21 $39,960 4 42
Junior colleges 3,870 $23.94 $49,800 5 18

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Federal government (OES designation) 1,990 $30.46 $63,360 8 1
Nondepository credit intermediation (6) $30.12 $62,640 (6) 2
Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing 120 $28.61 $59,510 28 3
Securities and commodity contracts brokerage 110 $26.59 $55,310 29 4
Other financial investment activities 90 $26.08 $54,250 32 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 1,580 $26.62 $55,370 0.266% 146
Montana 770 $16.47 $34,260 0.195% 236
Rhode Island 910 $23.64 $49,170 0.192% 159
Vermont 530 $20.00 $41,590 0.182% 171
Mississippi 1,980 $16.07 $33,420 0.182% 256

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
District of Columbia 1,580 $26.62 $55,370 0.266% 146
Nevada 660 $25.92 $53,910 0.062% 113
New Jersey 5,590 $25.91 $53,900 0.144% 200
Delaware 430 $25.54 $53,130 0.107% 107
California 11,630 $25.51 $53,050 0.080% 242

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Bloomington, IN MSA 190 $22.72 $47,250 0.319%
Lafayette, IN MSA 250 $18.43 $38,330 0.292%
Santa Fe, NM MSA 210 $14.43 $30,000 0.285%
Nassau-Suffolk, NY PMSA 3,280 $24.26 $50,470 0.274%
Champaign-Urbana, IL MSA 230 $19.58 $40,730 0.251%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
San Francisco, CA PMSA 1,190 $29.35 $61,060 0.122%
San Jose, CA PMSA 790 $29.19 $60,710 0.090%
Glens Falls, NY MSA 90 $28.84 $59,990 0.180%
Trenton, NJ PMSA 390 $27.84 $57,900 0.187%
Saginaw-Bay City-Midland, MI MSA 250 $27.60 $57,410 0.144%

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: May 7, 2004

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