Highlights From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Annual Salary Survey 2021
Note: The complete ARL Annual Salary Survey 2021 is fee-based report. Below, a few highlights from the document.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2021
which analyzes salary data for professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2021. Data are reported for 10,751 professional staff from the 117 university ARL libraries in Canada and the United States and for 3,504 professional staff of the 8 US federal and public 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 median salary for professionals in US ARL university libraries in 2021 was $77,353, an increase of 1.2% over the 2020 median salary of $76,400. The US CPI rose 5.4% during the same period. The Canadian CPI rose 3.7%, and median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased 1.7% from $103,662 (Canadian dollars) to $105,431 (Canadian dollars). The median salary for US federal and public ARL libraries increased 0.1% from $90,119 in 2020 to $90,197 in 2021.
The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2021 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and sex. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups make up 19% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of individuals in managerial or administrative positions who are also from historically underrepresented groups is lower. Women make up 68% of historically underrepresented staff members. Sex-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2021. The overall salary for women in the 117 ARL university libraries is 96% of that paid to men.
Other characteristics of ARL university libraries illustrate differences in salary. Some of these indicators are outlined in the Salary Survey’s introduction and extensive tables.
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