Law Librarianship by the Numbers 2014

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Law Librarianship by the Numbers 2014 SALARY In 2013, the median salary for a law librarian with up to five years of experience ranged from $48,000 to $65,000, according to AALL’s 2013 salary survey. In the same survey, median salaries for law library directors ranged from $83,000 to $159,000. The following table provides more detailed salary information by library type and position. Library Type

Position

Mean

10%

Academic Academic

Research/Reference Computer/Electronic Services Technical Services Solo Librarian Research/Reference Competitive Intelligence Analyst/Librarian Computer/Electronic Services/Intranet Manager Technical Services Solo Librarian

$66,529 $69,080

Academic Firm Corporate Firm/Corporate Firm/Corporate

Firm/Corporate

Firm/Corporate State, Court & County Law Libraries State, Court & County Law Libraries State, Court & County Law Libraries State, Court & County Law Libraries

90%

$51,902 $49,984

Median – 50% $64,185 $66,136

$63,024 $81,016 $76,977 $80,981

$44,763 $53,500 $54,629 $46,667

$60,224 $75,000 $75,200 $80,000

$82,751 $125,000 $97,275 $125,000

$74,400

$45,297

$74,650

$100,407

$64,976 $66,663

$45,750 $37,754

$65,000 $67,716

$88,742 $112,944

Research/Reference

$52,845

$36,541

$48,888

$74,396

Computer/Electronic Services Technical Services

$58,182

$45,600

$55,000

$73,991

$56,668

N/A

$54,300

N/A

$86,570 $98,435

Source: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/salary-survey/pub-salary13.html (accessed Feb 2014)

LIBRARY SCHOOLS  

ALA-Accredited Graduate Programs in Library Science http://www.ala.org/accreditedprograms/ ALA-Accredited Graduate Programs in Library Science with Law Library Classes or Joint MLS/JD Classes http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Careers/lawlibrarycareers/Education-Requirements/state.html

GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS 

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is a government program that provides federal grants to U.S. libraries and museums. In 2013, the program awarded $14.6 Million in federal grants to U.S. libraries. It also provides monetary support to library school students via the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. More information at: http://www.imls.gov



AALL offers several scholarships. All deadlines are April 1st. More information at: http://www.aallnet.org/services/scholarships.asp



Local AALL chapters often offer scholarships and grants. A list of all 31 chapters and links to their Web sites is accessible at: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Member-Communities/chapters

JOB OUTLOOK 

Growth and Replacement According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of librarians is projected to grow 7 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. However, according to an AALL 2009 report, the number of retirements between 2005-2015 is projected to almost double, to 28,200 for the decade. This should result in additional job openings. Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Librarians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-andlibrary/librarians.htm (visited January 24, 2014). Planning for 2015: The Recent History and Future Supply of Librarians (June 2009) on the Internet at: http://www.ala.org/research/sites/ala.org.research/files/content/librarystaffstats/recruitment/Libraria ns_supply_demog_analys.pdf (visited January 26, 2014)



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections, the number of employed U.S. law librarians is expected to remain constant between 2012 and 2022. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment projections, compiled Dec 2013, on the Internet at: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_108.htm

DIVERSITY In the 2005 AALL Salary Survey, 14.7% of law librarians fell into various ethnic minority categories. In 2009, 17.7% of those receiving library and information science degrees nationwide were minorities. Source: Thurston, Alyssa, “Addressing the “Emerging Majority”: Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Law Librarianship in the Twenty-First Century”, LAW LIBRARY JOURNAL Vol. 104:3 [2012-27] on the Internet at: http://www.aallnet.org/main-menu/Publications/llj/LLJ-Archives/vol-104/no-3/2012-27.pdf (accessed Jan 26, 2014)

This information sheet was updated February 2014 by Betsy Chessler, MLS and Sarah Montgomery, MLS.