Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary
Job Description for Academic Advisor (College/University)
College and university academic advisors provide key information to - and answer questions from - current and prospect students of their institution. They handle advising duties in their area of expertise or department - for example, an advisor may work in a specific department or exclusively with incoming freshmen. Academic advisors also participate in recruiting and information events aimed at current and prospective students, as well as orientation meetings. They generally work full time in an office on campus and report their progress to their department's academic manager.Read More...
One of the academic advisor's main responsibilities include answering students' questions on university procedures, class admission requirements, class content policies, and requirements for graduation. They also advise students on a variety of subjects (such as students' course load and course selection) and provide key information on scholarship opportunities. Academic advisors are also involved in the registration process and handle issues related to academic standing. They track students' progress toward degree completion, evaluate transcripts, and oversee credit transfers. They maintain academic records and complete any administrative tasks as required.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this job. Previous experience in a counseling capacity - as well as relevant certifications - may be preferred. Academic advisors must be organized and able to multitask on a variety of project at a time. They should work well with other advisors to reach all organizational objectives, as well as work well independently with minimum supervision.
Academic Advisor (College/University) Tasks
- Assist students in understanding and reaching degree requirements.
- Assess method of payment for services, initiate processing, may refer to specialist for financial options.
- Provide outreach to students in danger of not completing degree requirements and identify at-risk scenarios.
- Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff or department.
- Assist in course registration and planning.
Common Career Paths for Academic Advisor (College/University)
For College Academic Advisors, progressing to an University Assistant Dean of Students role may result in a significant raise. On average, an University Assistant Dean of Students can earn $62K annually. College Academic Advisors most often advance into Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.
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College Academic Advisors report using a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Program Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Program Management and Spanish Language are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 5 percent and 22 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Academic Advising and Project Management. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in advising.
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For College Academic Advisors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $43K. College Academic Advisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $47K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a College Academic Advisor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.
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