College Academic Advisors in the United States earn an average of $41K per year; salaries are particularly strong in New York, where workers earn around $57K. College Academic Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+32 percent), San Francisco (+25 percent), Washington (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,029 - $55,099
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,019
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$14.20 - $25.55
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$32,029 - $55,099  
   
Bonus
$2,000  
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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$31,622 - $54,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 493
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.20 - $25.55  
   
Overtime
$5.07 - $49.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$2,000  
   
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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$31,622 - $54,928  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 62
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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.

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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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Popular Skills for Academic Advisor (College/University)


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.

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Experience Affects Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries




National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Academic Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Program Management
up arrow 23%

Program Development
up arrow 16%

Spanish Language
up arrow 5%

Problem Solving
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

advising
0%

National Average
$41,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Project Management
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 5%
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