Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

The median pay for College Academic Advisors comes out to approximately $42K per year in the United States, but employers in New York offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $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). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,454 - $55,560
$32K
$42K
$56K
MEDIAN: $41,610
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$14.09 - $25.31
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MEDIAN: $18.19
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,454 - $55,560  
   
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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$31,946 - $55,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 532
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $25.31  
   
Overtime
$5.15 - $34.90  
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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$31,946 - $55,395  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66

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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 move into Academic Advisor or Student Services Coordinator roles. However, the former pays $2K less on average, and the latter pays $4K less.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


College Academic Advisors seem to exploit a large range of skills 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. Those educated in Counseling tend to be well versed in advising.

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

Pay by Experience for an Academic Advisor (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Academic Advisor (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 382 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Academic Advisor (College/University) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 175 salaries. An experienced Academic Advisor (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 91 salaries. An Academic Advisor (College/University) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 24 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,247

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Key Stats for Academic Advisor (College/University)

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 7%
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