Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Academic Advisors in the United States can expect wages of $40K annually on average. The pay spectrum stretches from $30K to $53K per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for College Academic Advisors is high. Most College Academic Advisors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,429 - $53,025

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$11.98 - $24.54

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,429 - $53,025  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,494  
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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$30,079 - $52,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.98 - $24.54  
   
Overtime
$19.73 - $39.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,494  
   
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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$30,079 - $52,886  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, College Academic Advisors sometimes become Education Program Management Directors, where the average income is $53K per year. A lot of College Academic Advisors advance their careers by becoming Academic Advisors and Student Services Coordinators. However, those positions offer $1K less and $4K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


College Academic Advisors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Oral / Verbal Communication, Customer Service, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include advising, Event Planning, and Program Management. Most people 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.


For College Academic Advisors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. College Academic Advisors bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. As College Academic Advisors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in 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 1%

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 179 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
16%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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