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ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018 Reports Data on Professional Positions in Member Libraries


ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018, which analyzes salary data for professional staff working in the 123 ARL member libraries during 2017–2018. Data are reported for 10,518 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 3,259 professional staff in the 9 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 2017–2018 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 2017–2018 was $73,357, an increase of 1.1% over the 2016–2017 median salary of $72,560. The US CPI rose 1.7% during the same period. The Canadian CPI rose 1.2%, and median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $97,380 (Canadian dollars) to $99,912 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 2.6%.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and sex. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups make up 15.5% 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 68.2% of historically underrepresented staff members. Sex-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2017–2018. The overall salary for women in the 114 ARL university libraries is 94.9% 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.

Publication Details

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018
Shaneka Morris, comp. and ed.
2019 • 160 pages

Online Edition

The online version of the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018 includes access to a downloadable Microsoft Excel file of the data tables that are presented in the publication.

ISBN 978-1-948964-10-4 • ISSN 1930-367X
$170 (ARL member institutions have free IP access as a benefit of membership.)

Print Edition

Print copies of the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2017–2018 are available for purchase.

ISBN 978-1-948964-09-8 • ISSN 0361-5669
$170 ($85 ARL members)

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About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.

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