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Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Academic Advisors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female College Academic Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$30,067 - $51,655
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MEDIAN: $39,723
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$12.47 - $23.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,067 - $51,655  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,133  
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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$29,828 - $51,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 870
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.47 - $23.44  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $37.72  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,133  
   
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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$29,828 - $51,634  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, College Academic Advisors sometimes become Education Program Management Directors, where the average income is $53K per year. More commonly, College Academic Advisors become Academic Advisors or Student Services Coordinators.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Survey takers who work as College Academic Advisors usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Oral / Verbal Communication, Counseling, Customer Service, and advising are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include advising. Most people who know Counseling also know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $38K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $42K. College Academic Advisors see a median salary of $44K after reaching one to two decades on the job. As College Academic Advisors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $47K.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 18%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 7%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

National Average
$40,000

advising
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%