ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009-2010 Published

Washington DC—The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–2010, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2009–2010. Data are reported for 10,207 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 3,811 professional staff in the 10 non-university 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 2009–2010 data show that ARL librarians’ salaries remained stable. The combined median professional salary in US and Canadian ARL university libraries was $64,069—a .6% increase from the previous year. Over the same period, the Consumer Price Index declined -2% in the US and -.9 % in Canada.

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2009–2010 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 14.3% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 69.5% of minority staff members.

Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2009–2010. The overall salary for women in the 114 ARL university libraries is 96.2% of that paid to men; this figure is the same as in 2008–2009.

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.

For more information about the ARL Annual Salary Survey or to download a PDF of the publication, visit

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