May 28, 2022

Research Libraries: ARL Annual Salary Survey 2012-2013 Published

The ARL (Association of Research Libraries) Annual Survey 2012-2013 has just been released.

The complete survey is available for a fee but ARL has shared a few key findings.

2014-07-01_12-07-53[The survey] analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013–2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.


The 2013–2014 data show that salaries for professionals in ARL libraries kept pace with inflation. The median salary for professionals in US ARL university libraries in 2013 was $68,773, an increase of 2.3% over the 2012–2013 median salary of $67,257. The US CPI rose 2% during the same period. The experience of professionals in Canadian ARL academic libraries was more favorable: while the Canadian CPI rose 1.3%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $87,120 (Canadian dollars) to $89,163 (Canadian dollars) a rise of 2.3%.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.6% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 69.4% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2013–2014. The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is 96.3% of that paid to men.

See Also: ARL Membership List

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