ALIA’s biggest ever LIS salary survey shows the importance of tertiary qualifications

Canberra, 19 August 2020: Results from the largest salary survey ever undertaken by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have confirmed that tertiary qualifications equate to higher annual salaries in the sector. For example, Teacher Librarians, with their dual qualifications, occupy one of the highest paying roles in the industry.

More than 1,700 people took part in the survey, which ran on SurveyMonkey between 12 December 2019 and 6 March 2020. The snapshot report has now been published, providing a strong indication of roles, earnings, qualifications, experience, location, employment terms and job satisfaction. The results included the levels of employer superannuation contributions, the breakdown of full-time and part-time positions, and indicated where opportunities for jobseekers could lie in the future. 

Sue McKerracher, ALIA CEO said, ‘The survey sample represents approximately 8% of the workforce and paints a real world picture of what’s happening now. A better understanding of the current situation is a powerful and versatile tool which our Members can use when seeking new employment, negotiating terms, or assessing whether to gain further qualifications’.

From these results ALIA has created several resources, an ALIA LIS pay and employment snapshot, five At a glance one-pagers with information on public, school, special, TAFE, and university libraries. As well as two salary profiles for public libraries, and university and TAFE libraries, available exclusively for ALIA Members. 

About the Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) is the professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector.
With 5,000 members across Australia, we provide the national voice of the profession in the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services, through leadership, advocacy and mutual support.