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

With just below three-fifths of College Academic Advisors reporting fewer than five years of experience, the average pay is $39K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. A solid majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Female College Academic Advisors make up most of the field at 73 percent. Most College Academic Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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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$12.26 - $23.34
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,860 - $50,853  
   
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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 954
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$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  
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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It's not very common for College Academic Advisors to move on to become Education Program Management Directors. Typical pay for a Education Program Management Director is $53K annually. A more common career path for College Academic Advisors is stepping into the role of Academic Advisor or Student Services Coordinator.

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College Academic Advisors usually report a few specific skills. Counseling and Customer Service are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Employees educated in Counseling are typically practiced in Customer Service, too.

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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $37K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. For College Academic Advisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $44K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $44K on average. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up nearly one-seventh of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Seattle
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Boston
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$39,000
Orlando
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Phoenix
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For College Academic Advisors, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 30 percent greater than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington, and Boston, where College Academic Advisors annually earn 22 percent, 21 percent, 17 percent, and 13 percent more than the national average. Phoenix is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$39,000

Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Counseling
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Customer Service
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National Average
$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%