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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

25-4031 Library Technicians

Assist librarians by helping readers in the use of library catalogs, databases, and indexes to locate books and other materials; and by answering questions that require only brief consultation of standard reference. Compile records; sort and shelve books or other media; remove or repair damaged books or other media; register patrons; and check materials in and out of the circulation process. Replace materials in shelving area (stacks) or files. Includes bookmobile drivers who assist with providing services in mobile libraries.


National estimates for Library Technicians
Industry profile for Library Technicians
Geographic profile for Library Technicians

National estimates for Library Technicians:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Library Technicians:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
73,000 1.6 % $ 18.79 $ 39,070 0.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for Library Technicians:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.24 $ 14.10 $ 17.78 $ 22.67 $ 28.49
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,370 $ 29,330 $ 36,970 $ 47,160 $ 59,250


Industry profile for Library Technicians:

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for Library Technicians are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in Library Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Library Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 39,640 0.74 $ 17.93 $ 37,290
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,770 0.16 $ 18.83 $ 39,170
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 10,940 0.37 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Other Information Services 4,650 1.28 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Junior Colleges 2,390 0.39 $ 19.79 $ 41,150

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Library Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Other Information Services 4,650 1.28 $ 18.54 $ 38,560
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 39,640 0.74 $ 17.93 $ 37,290
Junior Colleges 2,390 0.39 $ 19.79 $ 41,150
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 10,940 0.37 $ 20.76 $ 43,180
Elementary and Secondary Schools 12,770 0.16 $ 18.83 $ 39,170

Top paying industries for Library Technicians:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Legal Services 100 0.01 $ 29.38 $ 61,110
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 500 0.02 $ 26.70 $ 55,540
Business, Professional, Labor, Political, and Similar Organizations (8) (8) $ 23.70 $ 49,290
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 1,070 0.05 $ 22.89 $ 47,620
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals 110 (7) $ 22.62 $ 47,060


Geographic profile for Library Technicians:

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for Library Technicians are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in Library Technicians, see the Create Customized Tables function.



Map of employment of library technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Library Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 8,450 0.51 0.99 $ 22.94 $ 47,720
New York 4,350 0.50 0.97 $ 21.56 $ 44,850
Illinois 4,260 0.76 1.46 $ 18.07 $ 37,590
Texas 4,100 0.34 0.65 $ 16.24 $ 33,770
Florida 3,660 0.43 0.82 $ 18.37 $ 38,210


Map of location quotient of library technicians by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Library Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
South Dakota 460 1.10 2.13 $ 14.12 $ 29,370
Wisconsin 2,990 1.08 2.09 $ 15.30 $ 31,820
Louisiana 1,930 1.08 2.08 $ 18.05 $ 37,550
Wyoming 280 1.07 2.06 $ 15.53 $ 32,300
Colorado 2,700 1.03 1.99 $ 18.44 $ 38,360


Map of annual mean wages of library technicians by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Library Technicians:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Hawaii 240 0.44 0.85 $ 27.19 $ 56,550
District of Columbia 510 0.77 1.49 $ 26.81 $ 55,770
Washington 1,330 0.42 0.80 $ 25.90 $ 53,870
Rhode Island 100 0.22 0.43 $ 25.46 $ 52,950
Connecticut 650 0.41 0.79 $ 24.42 $ 50,790



Map of employment of library technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Library Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,540 0.52 1.01 $ 22.45 $ 46,700
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 3,050 0.72 1.39 $ 18.68 $ 38,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 2,480 0.43 0.84 $ 21.72 $ 45,170
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,600 0.55 1.05 $ 24.43 $ 50,820
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,310 0.54 1.03 $ 18.12 $ 37,680
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 1,270 0.92 1.77 $ 20.71 $ 43,070
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,120 0.43 0.83 $ 23.24 $ 48,350
St. Louis, MO-IL 1,090 0.85 1.64 $ 18.06 $ 37,570
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,050 0.71 1.38 $ 19.91 $ 41,410
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 990 0.65 1.25 $ 22.65 $ 47,110


Map of location quotient of library technicians by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Library Technicians:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Gainesville, FL 380 2.88 5.56 $ 17.93 $ 37,300
Baton Rouge, LA 730 1.98 3.82 $ 19.52 $ 40,600
Fairbanks, AK 70 1.93 3.73 $ 25.47 $ 52,990
Lawrence, KS 80 1.74 3.35 $ 19.23 $ 40,000
Corvallis, OR 60 1.72 3.31 $ 24.09 $ 50,110
Grand Junction, CO 100 1.68 3.24 $ 17.26 $ 35,910
Bowling Green, KY 120 1.66 3.20 $ 13.57 $ 28,220
Greeley, CO 160 1.55 2.98 $ 18.01 $ 37,470
Lansing-East Lansing, MI 300 1.50 2.90 $ 18.86 $ 39,220
Dover-Durham, NH-ME 70 1.49 2.87 $ 18.91 $ 39,340