May 20, 2022

Highlights From Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2014-2015 Salary Survey

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 was released the Association of Research Libraries today. The complete report (including data tables in .xls format) is fee-based and available for purchase here.

Along with the publication announcement, ARL did share some highlights from the survey in this news release.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2014–2015.

Data are reported for 10,036 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,635 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 2014–2015 data show that Canadian ARL librarians’ salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians’ salaries did not. The median salary for professionals in US ARL university libraries in 2014–2015 was $70,000, an increase of 1.8% over the 2013–2014 median salary of $68,773. 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 2.1%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $89,163 (Canadian dollars) to $92,000 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 3.2%.


Minority librarians make up 14.8% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 69.2% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2014–2015.

The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is 95.7% of that paid to men.

See Also: List of ARL Member Libraries

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