USA: AALL Studies the Current State of the Legal Information Profession

The American Association of Law Libraries (AALL) released the results of a survey on salaries, benefits, and staffing in the legal information profession (titled “2021 AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics”). Its press release states:

The 15th edition of the survey report provides the only comprehensive, comparative salary information designed by and for legal information professionals serving in academic, law firm/corporate, and government settings. The 2021 AALL Salary Survey continues to be updated based on the current environment. …

The 2021 AALL Salary Survey found that the average salary for reference/research law librarians was $91,431 in firm/corporate, $74,227 in academic, and $71,393 in government law libraries. Additionally, the average annual salary for a director or chief law librarian was $162,558 in academia, $144,460 in firm/corporate, and $107,255 in government law libraries.

The AALL Salary Survey has been tracking expenditures on electronic resources since the 1990s, and the 2021 findings showed that those expenses continue to claim a greater portion of the budget for all three types of law libraries relative to 2019. On average, firm/corporate law libraries used 85 percent of their total information budgets on electronic resources, while academic and government law librarians spent 59 and 34 percent, respectively.

For more information, read the press release.






The AALL Biennial Salary Survey & Organizational Characteristics (also known as the AALL Salary Survey) provides up-to-date information on salaries, benefits, job titles, and responsibilities for more than 20 law library positions. The report also provides quantitative information based on the following data points: location, number of people supervised, education, and years of experience. Additional details specific to library type are also included. Digital access to the AALL Salary Survey is provided as a free benefit to all current members. The 2021 edition was published on November 22, 2021.

AALL has conducted and published the AALL Salary Survey since 1993 to provide comprehensive compensation information for legal information professionals working in academic, firm/corporate, and government law libraries. It is the only in-depth resource of its kind for the profession, and is designed to support budgeting endeavors and salary negotiations. The Economic Status of Law Librarians Committee reviews and revises the questions, job titles, and position descriptions for each edition to ensure the publication is up-to-date.

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The 2021 edition was published November 22, 2021. Print copies of the 2021 edition may be purchased online. The digital edition is free to current AALL members.

2021 Print edition cost: $130.00 for members / $250.00 for nonmembers

2021 Digital edition cost: $175.00 for nonmembers

2021 Print+Digital bundle cost:  $349.00 for nonmembers