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

A relatively young group of workers, more than half of College Academic Advisors report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this young group is around $39,011 annually. Pay begins at $29,569 on the low end and climbs to $50,896 per year near the top. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Female College Academic Advisors make up most of the field at 73 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Academic Advisors. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$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
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  
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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Though it's uncommon, some College Academic Advisors move into roles as Program Management Director of Educations, bringing in an extra $13,900 per year. However, becoming a Academic Advisor or Student Services Coordinator is a more frequent transition for College Academic Advisors.

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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.
Though College Academic Advisors can expect regular salary growth as they advance in their careers, experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $37K, which grows to $41K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $44K. A 20-year tenure heralds decreased salary growth, and College Academic Advisors who have made it this far report earning around $44K per year. 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. Workers in this area tend to have one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$39,000
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Phoenix
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Home to some of the best pay for College Academic Advisors, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. 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. Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 7 percent.

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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%
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