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ARL Publishes ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012

Washington, DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 126 ARL member libraries during FY 2011–2012. Data are reported for 9,910 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 4,046 professional staff in the 11 non-university ARL libraries. Data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.


The 2011–2012 data show that Canadian ARL librarians’ salaries kept pace with inflation, but US ARL librarians’ salaries did not. The median salary for US ARL university libraries in 2011 was $66,467, an increase of 2.3% over the 2010–2011 median salary of $65,000. The US CPI rose 3.6% during the same period. The experience of academic librarians in Canada was more favorable: while the Canadian CPI rose 2.7%, median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $82,251 (Canadian dollars) to $85,551 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 4.0%.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.2% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 68.6% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2011–2012. The overall salary for women in the 115 ARL university libraries is 96.2% 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 introduction and extensive tables.

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Online edition

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2011–2012 
Martha Kyrillidou and Shaneka Morris, comps. and eds. 
2012 • 124 pages 
ISBN 1-59407-893-9 • $170 
The ARL Annual Salary Survey Collection provides online access to the annual editions that have been published from 2006 to the present. IP access to the collection for one year is $500 for nonprofit organizations and $750 for all others.

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ISBN 1-59407-875-0 • $170 ($85 ARL members) 
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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its 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/.