First, let's get organized about hourly staff costs. The basis of the following numbers: that old reference chestnut The Occupational Outlook Handbook, produced by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The following numbers are drawn from the 2010-2011 edition, but they are based on 2008 data. Given the economic situation since then, it seems unlikely the rates would have changed much. In the categories of Librarians, Library Technicians, and Library Assistants, I've used the segment entitled "Colleges, universities, and professional schools" -- this is an academic library cost model. Similar numbers are available for public and school libraries, but for now they are mercifully beyond our scope here.
As noted in yesterday's post, I've converted the annual Librarian salaries to an hourly rate, assuming a 40-hour work week. In all three categories, I've added 30% to the hourly rate to account for benefits, which BLS estimates at 29.2% of salary on average. For student workers, I've assumed that most libraries pay minimum wage ($7.25/hour) and that no benefits are involved; I've rounded up to $8 to account for higher wages paid to longer-serving students.
POSITION HOURLY WAGE HOURLY COST(w/ benefits)
Librarian $ 26.52 $ 34.48
Library Technician $ 15.91 $ 20.68
Library Assistant $ 12.92 $ 16.80
Student Workers $ 8.00 $ 8.00
These are median rates; i.e., the middle value in the distribution of salaries in these categories. This seems a reasonable level at which to build a conceptual model. Clearly wages will vary by region, and to some degree by specialty and longevity. Any application of the model could be modified to account for known variances. The main purpose here, however, is to identify the components of the process, estimate the time invested by each level of staff, and to establish a method for estimating overall costs and costs per volume.
Comments are welcome. Do these seem like reasonable rates on which to construct the cost model?
Links to related posts:
- Cost of Deselection (1)
- Cost of Deselection (2): Fixed Costs
- Cost of Deselection (4): Data Comparisons
- Cost of Deselection (5): Title Review from Lists
- Cost of Deselection (6): In-Stack Review
- Cost of Deselection (7): Staged Review
- Cost of Deselection (8): Disposition Options
- Cost of Deselection (9): Data Comparisons Revisited
- Cost of Deselection (10): Summing Up