Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Academic Advisors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K per year. Compensation ranges between $30K and $53K per year. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female College Academic Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,090 - $52,811
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,068
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90%

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$11.98 - $24.35
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,090 - $52,811  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
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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$29,763 - $52,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 762
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $24.35  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $39.08  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,483  
   
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).
)
$29,763 - $52,658  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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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. College Academic Advisors most often move into Academic Advisor or Student Services Coordinator roles. However, the former pays $1K less on average, and the latter pays $3K less.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Survey results show that College Academic Advisors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Customer Service, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include advising, Event Planning, and Program Management. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to 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 many College Academic Advisors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $38K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $42K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, College Academic Advisors make $44K following one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $48K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 21%

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%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 5%

Event Planning
up arrow 6%

advising
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 194 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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