Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

Median pay for College Academic Advisors in the United States is around $41K per year, but employers in New York offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $58K. College Academic Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+31 percent), San Francisco (+23 percent), Seattle (+18 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,564 - $54,872
$33K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,391
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$14.12 - $25.93
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MEDIAN: $18.53
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,564 - $54,872  
   
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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$32,004 - $54,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 510
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$5.03 - $35.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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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$32,004 - $54,831  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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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As College Academic Advisors transition into upper-level roles such as University Assistant Dean of Students, they may see a strong upturn in salary. University Assistant Deans of Students earn $62K on average per year. Many College Academic Advisors advance into roles as Academic Advisors or Student Services Coordinators, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Program Development can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Program Management and Spanish Language are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 4 percent and 21 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Academic Advising, Event Planning, and Project Management. 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.


College Academic Advisors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $40K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $43K. College Academic Advisors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $50K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,178

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Key Stats for Academic Advisor (College/University)

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%
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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

▲22%

▲12%

▲4%

National Average
$41,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Program Management
▲21%

Program Development
▲21%

Spanish Language
▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$41,000



advising
▼3%

Project Management
▼4%

Event Planning
▼7%

Academic Advising
▼10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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