Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

Median pay for College Academic Advisors in the United States is around $41K per year, but employers in San Francisco offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $51K. College Academic Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+20 percent), Los Angeles (+18 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,715 - $53,374
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$31K
$41K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,557
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$12.15 - $24.78
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$12
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$25
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,715 - $53,374  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
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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$30,396 - $53,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 721
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $24.78  
   
Overtime
$20.12 - $39.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,300  
   
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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$30,396 - $53,142  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 108
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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. Many College Academic Advisors choose to become Academic Advisors and Student Services Coordinators as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $1K less and $4K less, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Survey results suggest that College Academic Advisors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Program Management, Counseling, Customer Service, and Problem Solving are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include advising, Event Planning, and Oral / Verbal Communication. The majority of those 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for College Academic Advisors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $39K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $43K. On average, College Academic Advisors make $44K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average College Academic Advisor generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $47K.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 15%

Experienced
up arrow 10%


National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 14%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Problem Solving
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 10%

advising
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 126 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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