Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

Earnings for College Academic Advisors in the United States come in at around $40K per year on average. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $53K per year on the higher side. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most College Academic Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most College Academic Advisors survey respondents are women (74 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$30,081 - $52,955
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,141
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90%

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$11.96 - $24.42
(Median)
$12
$18
$24
MEDIAN: $18.00
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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
$30,081 - $52,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,486  
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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$29,728 - $52,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 758
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $24.42  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,486  
   
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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$29,728 - $52,793  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 115
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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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There are some College Academic Advisors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Education Program Management Directors, where earnings are an average $53K annually. Many College Academic Advisors advance into roles as Academic Advisors or Student Services Coordinators, but the median salaries are $1K lower and $3K lower, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Customer Service, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like advising, Event Planning, and Program Management. It is often found that people who know Counseling are 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 College Academic Advisors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. 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. For College Academic Advisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned College Academic Advisors with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $49K.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 22%

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 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Program Management
up arrow 5%

Event Planning
up arrow 6%

advising
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 189 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
17%
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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