Florida Librarian Salary Guide - 2022

Last Reviewed: February 18th, 2022

Florida Librarian Salary

Most people who are considering becoming a librarian are rarely concerned with the amount they’ll be earning. In fact, most do not consider salary to be in the top 5 reasons for becoming a librarian. 

When asked, most librarians report that a love of reading and information was the deciding factor in their decision to become a librarian. 

That being said, a salary is something you should take seriously. After all, we all money related problems such as bills to pay, saving up for your retirement and providing for your family.

What’s good to note, is that most librarians earn a higher than average salary compared to most people in Florida. But how much can a librarian in Florida expect to earn? You’d be surprised. According to the latest figures a librarian in Florida can earn, on average $57,190 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020), but there a rather large range. The range between the 10th and 90th percentile are $33,510 and $83,480 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020), respectively. Still, as you can see, this is a fairly decent salary – especially in Florida. 

These figures, of course, will depend on the type of library you’re working in. Salaries can vary greatly between public, school, college & university, and government libraries. Your salary will also depend on the amount of years you’ve been working, your level of education, and other factors such as the city or town in which you live. 

Librarians and Media Specialists Salaries in urban areas of Florida

Metro Area # Employed Mean Salary
Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL 130 $64,790
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin, FL 60 $59,990
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 100 $56,150
Gainesville, FL 140 $66,790
Jacksonville, FL 400 $58,490
Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL 180 $49,970
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,440 $59,000
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island, FL 100 $77,400
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton, FL 180 $59,900
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL 930 $53,930
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL 200 $50,440
Panama City, FL Not released $58,490
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 110 $62,900
Port St. Lucie, FL 50 $55,440
Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL Not released $65,100
Tallahassee, FL 200 $52,250
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL 700 $54,970
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020

Librarians and Media Specialists Salaries in rural areas of Florida

Metro Area # Employed Mean Salary
South Florida nonmetropolitan area 60 $51,610
North Florida nonmetropolitan area 120 $49,360
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020

Additionally, soft skills may also play a role in your salary. Soft skill may include things such as interpersonal skills, customer service skills, and ability to continually advance your education and understanding of new technologies available for dealing with information. Ultimately, the amount of money you earn will also depend on how often you’re promoted, and the effort you put into your job. 

The bottom line is that becoming a librarian is an excellent career to have in Florida. Not only that, it also provides excellent job security. The government should always (hopefully) fund public, school, college & university, and government libraries! Unless you vote Republican. If you do, it’s unlikely you care about proper education and well-sourced information. Also, it’s unlikely you’ve read this far into the article.

Archivist Salaries

A library archivist collaborates with a variety of professionals in identifying potential donors and materials for collections at colleges, in museums and a variety of other organizations. Your job is to build, collect, archive, digitize, preserve, and conserve the collection. As you can imagine, this is an important and complex job. It’s also a high status job and you will be compensated accordingly. The average salary for an archivist is $43,550 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020), although this will of course vary. Just note that becoming an archivist generally requires at least 4-7 years of experience.

Library Science Teachers

A library science teacher is someone who teaches other people how to manage a library. You may also be required to perform research and present your findings in journals, books, or professional conferences. Along with this, there are certain administrative duties, as well as having to work with students. The average salary in Florida for this position is $71,010 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020). However, your salary will depend on your experience and education level.

Library Technicians and Assistants

As a library technician and assistant your job is to assist in all aspects of running a library. In general you will not need a college education to qualify for this job. The average salary in Florida for library technicians and assistants is $37,060 (Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2020) These figures mostly depend on where you’re working and the type of library you’re working in.