Librarians and media collections specialists

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
188k
Average Age
47.2
Average Salary
$48,017
Average Male Salary
$54,531
Average Female Salary
$46,645

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Librarians and media collections specialists are most often employed by the Libraries & archives industry. The average yearly wage for Librarians and media collections specialists was $48,017 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Librarians and media collections specialists by wage are Miscellaneous community & social service specialists, including health educators & community health workers, Firstline supervisors of farming, fishing, & forestry workers, and Automotive body & related repairers.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Librarians and media collections specialists are Champaign & Urbana Cities PUMA, IL, District of Columbia (Central) PUMA, DC, and Madison City (Central) PUMA, WI. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Librarians and media collections specialists are Champaign & Urbana Cities PUMA, IL, Tompkins County PUMA, NY, and District of Columbia (Northeast) PUMA, DC.

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Information on the businesses and industries that employ Librarians and media collections specialists and on wages and locations for those in the field. Libraries & archives is the industry that employs the most Librarians and media collections specialists, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Librarians and media collections specialists, by average wage, is Insurance carriers. Librarians and media collections specialists are paid most in Ridgewood Village, Glen Rock & Westwood Boroughs PUMA, NJ but are relatively concentrated in Champaign & Urbana Cities PUMA, IL.

Yearly Wage

$48,017
AVERAGE SALARY
± $1,888

In 2020, Librarians and media collections specialists earned an average of $48,017, $7,937 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Automotive body & related repairers make somewhat more than Librarians and media collections specialists while Miscellaneous community & social service specialists, including health educators & community health workers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Librarians and media collections specialists as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.348
WAGE GINI

In 2019, Librarians and media collections specialists had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.348, which is lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Librarians and media collections specialists (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Librarians and media collections specialists.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Librarians and media collections specialists

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Librarians and media collections specialists.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Librarians and media collections specialists, by average wage, are Insurance carriers, Motion pictures & video industries, and Administration of environmental quality & housing programs.

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Industries by Share

188k
2020 Workforce
± 10,642
3.98%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 7.77%

The number of people employed as Librarians and media collections specialists has been growing at a rate of 3.98%, from 180,923 people in 2019 to 188,125 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Librarians and media collections specialists employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Librarians and media collections specialists at  41.9%, followed by Elementary & secondary schools with 27.6% and Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 22.5%.

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Demographic information on Librarians and media collections specialists in the US. The average age of male Librarians and media collections specialists in the workforce is 45.4 and of female Librarians and media collections specialists is 47.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Librarians and media collections specialists is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

32.7k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,441
155k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 9,673

82.6% of Librarians and media collections specialists are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Librarians and media collections specialists.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Librarians and media collections specialists
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

80.1% of Librarians and media collections specialists are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 6.02% of Librarians and media collections specialists, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Librarians and media collections specialists.

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Age by Sex

45.4
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 1.87
47.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 0.85

The median age of Librarians and media collections specialists is 47.2, and Male employees are generally 2.21 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Data on higher education choices for Librarians and media collections specialists from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Librarians and media collections specialists is Education but a relatively high number of Librarians and media collections specialists hold a major in Library Science.

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