Academic Advisor (College/University) Salary
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.Read More...
One of the academic advisor's main responsibilities include answering students' questions on university procedures, class admission requirements, class content policies, and requirements for graduation. They also advise students on a variety of subjects (such as students' course load and course selection) and provide key information on scholarship opportunities. Academic advisors are also involved in the registration process and handle issues related to academic standing. They track students' progress toward degree completion, evaluate transcripts, and oversee credit transfers. They maintain academic records and complete any administrative tasks as required.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is generally required for this job. Previous experience in a counseling capacity - as well as relevant certifications - may be preferred. Academic advisors must be organized and able to multitask on a variety of project at a time. They should work well with other advisors to reach all organizational objectives, as well as work well independently with minimum supervision.
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)
College Academic Advisors who go on to become University Assistant Deans of Students may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for University Assistant Deans of Students is $62K annually. College Academic Advisors most often advance into Academic Advisor and Student Services Coordinator positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $4K lower, respectively.
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Survey results imply that College Academic Advisors put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Program Management, Program Development, and Spanish Language are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 16 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Project Management and Customer Service. 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 inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $40K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. College Academic Advisors see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a College Academic Advisor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.