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Last Reviewed: December 16th, 2022
The licensing procedure for school librarians in most states requires them to show some teaching prowess and pass specific tests as prescribed by the state’s department of education. It is not out of place for you to be concerned about how to get the best pay offer available for your service after so much work. The salary ranges operated in New Hampshire vary from district to district and this difference is continually reflected even as you advance in position.
The salaries for each district are determined by district and school leaders based on certain factors including the district size and the wealth of the community. A policy brief by Reaching Higher New Hampshire published in July 2020 shows that having the same qualifications does not mean that you earn the same as a school librarian in another district. You can see the report here.
|Metro Area||# Employed||Mean Salary|
|Portsmouth, NH-ME||120||$64,300||Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021|
|Metro Area||# Employed||Mean Salary|
|Northern New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area||60||$52,760|
|Central New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area||130||$59,990|
|West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area||290||$63,270||Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics - 2021|
Professional development is one of the common ways to set yourself up for a raise this is why it is usually part of the renewal process. With an academic qualification or any other certification higher than what you entered service with, you might be eligible for a raise. Also, the experience gained while you work as well as your impact in the institution can earn you a promotion with a resultant salary increase.
The New Hampshire School Library Media Association (NHSLMA) is the representative body for school librarians in the state and they are affiliated with the New Hampshire Library Association (NHLA) and other national bodies such as the ALA providing a united front against inequality and discrimination. They also provide their members with resources and host conferences. For more information about how to position yourself for better pay, contact them here.
State libraries such as Concord Public Library and North Hampton public library are managed by public librarians. The academic qualifications for public librarians are the same as for academic and school librarians. Public librarians come in contact with a more diverse range of personalities.
As can be seen in the job opening posted here, each institution sets the wages for the librarians and other positions that will be filled. Different factors are considered when setting these salaries including the suitability of such pay for a professional who will be expected to fulfill the duties that come with the job. Also, the capacity of the library and how diverse the users are can influence the intensity of work required and the pay by extension.
Public librarians do not have much room for career growth that can affect their salaries. The formula and criteria for implementing a raise are usually determined by the employing organization. Hence, you will need to contact your preferred public library on their provisions for salary increment. Most people can get a raise by increasing their capacity through professional development and taking on projects that demonstrate their resourcefulness.
Public librarians are also part of the NHLA. They can join in the advocacy programs to fight against inequality in the public library system. They can learn how to negotiate for better pay and how to leverage opportunities. You can contact members of the board here to get help and information about improving your salary.
University libraries are managed by academic librarians and where they can get tenured, they have better opportunities to build a thriving career for themselves. The University of New Hampshire is a great example in the state which employs the services of some librarians to manage the library properly.
The institutions of higher education have governing boards that fix staff salaries in agreement with state and national standards. The salary of librarians is also determined here. Your qualifications and experience play a huge role in determining where you place in whatever range of options there are.
Promotion serves as a great way to raise the bar on your earning. The University of New Hampshire specifies rules for promotion in this document. You get promoted based on teaching, scholarship, and service. This just shows that institutions are likely to respond with a promotion when you prove that you can offer more than you used to.
Once your library has attained faculty status, getting tenure is now in view. Thankfully, the procedure for getting tenured includes an evaluation according to parameters spelled out starting from page 4 here. It is very similar to that for promotion. However, it provides job security and access to more benefits.
Academic librarians are also part of the NHLA. The research-prone climate of institutions of higher learning helps them come up with new techniques and methods that revolutionize the use of the library bit by bit. These associations provide their members with information to get ahead in their careers using newsletters and conferences.