Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Academic Advisors in the United States earn an average of $41K annually, and top pay can be found in New York, where the average is $57K. College Academic Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+31 percent), San Francisco (+24 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,225 - $55,181
$32K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,271
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50%
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$13.00 - $26.23
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.47
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,225 - $55,181  
   
Bonus
$1,500  
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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$31,675 - $55,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.00 - $26.23  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,500  
   
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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$31,675 - $55,160  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 64

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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

  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff or department.
  • Assist in course registration and planning.
  • Provide outreach to students in danger of not completing degree requirements and identify at-risk scenarios.
  • Assist students in understanding and reaching degree requirements.
  • Assess method of payment for services, initiate processing, may refer to specialist for financial options.

Common Career Paths for Academic Advisor (College/University)


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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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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


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.

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

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


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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Key Stats for Academic Advisor (College/University)

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

▲24%

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Program Management
▲22%

Program Development
▲22%

Spanish Language
▲5%

Problem Solving
▲2%

▲1%

National Average
$41,000


advising
▼1%

Event Planning
▼2%


Project Management
▼4%

Academic Advising
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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