Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

Those pursuing careers as College Academic Advisors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K annually. Pay generally varies between $30K and $52K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female College Academic Advisors making up 73 percent. For the most part, College Academic Advisors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,892 - $52,115
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,936
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$12.22 - $24.26
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,892 - $52,115  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,666 - $52,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 795
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.22 - $24.26  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $38.63  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,990  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,666 - $52,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129

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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.

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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)


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College Academic Advisors who advance into the role of an Education Program Management Director are fairly uncommon. Education Program Management Directors on average earn $53K per year. However, it's more common for College Academic Advisors to move into roles as Academic Advisors or Student Services Coordinators.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


College Academic Advisors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Service, and advising are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include advising. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed in advising.

Pay by Experience Level for Academic Advisor (College/University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


College Academic Advisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $42K. On average, College Academic Advisors make $44K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned College Academic Advisors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Counseling
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$40,000

advising
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 248 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%