Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary (United States)

56 percent of College Academic Advisors report less than five years' experience, making for a field full of relatively fresh workers who earn around $39,011 per year on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $29,569 to $50,896 per year. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most College Academic Advisors are women (73 percent). Most College Academic Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This outline is derived from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary (?
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$29,860 - $50,853
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MEDIAN: $39,153
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Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary (?
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$12.26 - $23.34
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
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$29,860 - $50,853  
   
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$0.00 - $2,244  
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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$29,569 - $50,896  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
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$12.26 - $23.34  
   
Overtime
$10.94 - $33.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,244  
   
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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$29,569 - $50,896  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 148
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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 a Program Management Director of Education—while rather uncommon—bring in an extra $13,900 per year. It is more probable, however, that College Academic Advisors become Academic Advisors or Student Services Coordinators.

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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 do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, pay rises to approximately $41K after five to 10 years. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $44K. Once they've gotten two decades of experience under their belts, College Academic Advisors encounter slower salary growth; at this point, they earn $44K annually. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 14 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$39,000
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For College Academic Advisors, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, and Boston are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with College Academic Advisors earning around 22 percent, 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent more than average. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Phoenix, 7 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Experienced
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$39,000

Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Counseling
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Customer Service
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$39,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 346 votes.

Gender

Female
73%
female alumni
 
Male
27%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 10%
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