May 16, 2022

Research Libraries: Highlights from the Just Released ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012

The survey was released this morning.

From the Publication Announcement:

The 2011–2012 data show that Canadian ARL librarians’ salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians’ salaries did not. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2011 was $66,467, an increase of 2.3% over the 2010–2011 median salary of $65,000. The US CPI rose 3.6% during the same period. The experience of academic librarians in Canada was more favorable: while the Canadian CPI rose 2.7%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $82,251 (Canadian dollars) to $85,551 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 4.0%.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.2% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 68.6% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2011–2012. The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is 96.2% of that paid to men.

Data From:
+ 9,910 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and
+ 4,046 professional staff in the 11 non-university ARL libraries.

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012: Table of Contents and Order Info

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