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Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a College Academic Advisors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $40K per year. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $52K per year on the higher side. Geography and experience level 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. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,973 - $52,603
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,046
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50%
90%

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$12.10 - $24.18
(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
$29,973 - $52,603  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,523  
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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$29,733 - $52,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 787
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.10 - $24.18  
   
Overtime
$17.62 - $38.78  
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 - $1,523  
   
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).
)
$29,733 - $52,448  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 121
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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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It's not very common for College Academic Advisors to move on to become Education Program Management Directors. Average pay for an Education Program Management Director is $53K annually. College Academic Advisors most frequently advance into Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator roles even though the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Job skills reported by College Academic Advisors are limited. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Service, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like advising. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, 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 many College Academic Advisors, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, College Academic Advisors make a median salary of $44K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $48K.

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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%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$40,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 2%

advising
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 225 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 9%
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