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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 Reports Data on 13,671 Staff in ARL Libraries

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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015

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%.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. 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.

Other characteristics of ARL university libraries, such as size, public/private status, and location are also significant determinants of salary. The current state of these indicators is outlined in the Salary Survey’s introduction and extensive tables.

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Online Edition

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015
Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds.
2015 * 172 pages
ISBN 1-59407-952-8 * EAN 978-1-59407-952-8
$170 (ARL member institutions have free IP access as a benefit of membership.)

The online version of the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 includes access to a downloadable Microsoft Excel file of the data tables that are presented in the publication.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection provides online access to the annual editions that have been published since 2006. The cost of IP access to this collection is $500 for nonprofit organizations and $750 for all others.

Print Edition

ISBN 1-59407-951-X * EAN 978-1-59407-951-1 * ISSN 0361-5669
$170 ($85 ARL members)

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

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