Library technicians

Detailed Occupation

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2020 Workforce
46.6k
Average Age
41.3
Estimated Job Growth
−3.83%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$18,964
Average Male Salary
$21,305
Average Female Salary
$18,220

About

Library technicians are most often employed by the Libraries & archives industry. The average yearly wage for Library technicians was $18,964 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Library technicians by wage are Crossing guards, Waiters & waitresses, and Cooks.

The top 3 locations that employ the most Library technicians are St. Charles County (Northeast) PUMA, MO, Ingham County (Northwest) PUMA, MI, and Matanuska-Susitna & Kenai Peninsula Boroughs PUMA, AK. The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Library technicians are Ingham County (Northwest) PUMA, MI, St. Charles County (Northeast) PUMA, MO, and Matanuska-Susitna & Kenai Peninsula Boroughs PUMA, AK.

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Library technicians and on wages and locations for those in the field. Libraries & archives is the industry that employs the most Library technicians, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Library technicians, by average wage, is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals. Library technicians are paid most in Mukilteo & Everett (Southwest) Cities PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Ingham County (Northwest) PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$18,964
AVERAGE SALARY
± $2,524

In 2020, Library technicians earned an average of $18,964, $36,989 less than than the average national salary of $55,954.

Crossing guards make somewhat more than Library technicians while Waiters & waitresses make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Library technicians as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.495
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Library technicians had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.495, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Library technicians (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Library technicians.

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Spatial Concentration

PUMAs with a Relatively High Concentration of Library technicians

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Library technicians.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

46.6k
2020 Workforce
± 5,300
−3.68%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 16.5%

The number of people employed as Library technicians has been declining at a rate of −3.68%, from 48,406 people in 2019 to 46,624 people in 2020.

This graphic shows the share of Library technicians employed by various industries. Libraries & archives employs the largest share of Library technicians at  61%, followed by Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges with 18.9% and Elementary & secondary schools with 13.3%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Library technicians in the US. The average age of male Library technicians in the workforce is 35.5 and of female Library technicians is 43.1, and the most common race/ethnicity for Library technicians is White (Non-Hispanic).

Composition by Sex

11.3k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 2,604
35.4k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 4,617

75.9% of Library technicians are Female, making them the more common sex in the occupation. This chart shows the sex breakdown of Library technicians.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Library technicians
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. Asian (Non-Hispanic)

68.5% of Library technicians are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.41% of Library technicians, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Library technicians.

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Age by Sex

35.5
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 4
43.1
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 2.38

The median age of Library technicians is 41.3, and Male employees are generally 7.61 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Library technicians from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Library technicians is Education but a relatively high number of Library technicians hold a major in Library Science.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Library technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Library technicians need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Service Orientation. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Library technicians need more than the average amount of Service Orientation, Learning Strategies, and Management of Personnel Resources.

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Projections

Projections on job growth for Library Technicians from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Library Technicians are expected to see a growth of −3.83% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−3.83%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Library Technicians. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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