Recommended Minimum Salary for Public Library Directors

In October 2008, the Executive Board of the Vermont Library Association approved the following recommended minimum starting salary:
For a public library director with the Vermont Department of Libraries “Certificate of Public Librarianship,” the recommended minimum starting salary is $40,300, with a complete benefits package. For directors who work less than full time, the hourly wage is $19.38, with a pro-rated benefits package.
“Increasing Public Library Compensation: A How-To Guide for Vermont Libraries” is available at

VLA has also created a Public Library Salary Survey (2012) which can be found at this page.

The Personnel Committee of the Vermont Library Association can help you review and study your library salaries and job descriptions. Contact committee chair Amy C. Grasmick at” or (802) 728-5073 for more information.