The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2018–2019. From the announcement:
“This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during FY2018–2019. Data for 10,718 professional staff members were reported this year for the 116 ARL university libraries, including their law and medical libraries (856 staff members reported by 72 medical libraries and 712 staff members reported by 74 law libraries). For the eight nonuniversity ARL members, data were reported for 3,318 professional staff members.”
The 2018–2019 data show that salaries for professionals in Canadian and US ARL university libraries salaries did not keep pace with inflation; whereas, salaries for professionals in US federal and public ARL libraries surpassed inflation. The median salary for professionals in US ARL university libraries in 2018–2019 was $74,482, an increase of 1.5% over the 2017–2018 median salary of $73,357. The US CPI rose 2.9% during the same period. The Canadian CPI rose 3%, and median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $99,912 (Canadian dollars) to $100,699 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 0.8%. The median salary for US federal and public ARL libraries increased 5.7% from $90,067 in 2017–2018 to $95,166 in 2018–2019.