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Bursar Salary

For Bursars, annual average wages total $50K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $32K, and the top verges on $72K per year. Most Bursars survey respondents are women (78 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Bursars enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$35,387 - $79,497
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,052
10%
50%
90%

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$11.96 - $25.28
(Median)
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,387 - $79,497  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$32,395 - $71,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $26.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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).
)
$32,395 - $71,942  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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Job Description for Bursar

  • Supervise the work of assistant bursars and other student financial services staff.
  • Notify students of account status and develop payment plans to help students pay for tuition.
  • Maintain student financial services payment records for tuition and fees to ensure payments are made on time.
  • Develop forecasts of school revenue to aid in budget preparation.

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Typical Bursars report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Accounting, Customer Service, and Accounts Receivable can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For Bursars, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $42K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $50K. Bursars bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $52K.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 8%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Accounting
up arrow 9%

Customer Service
up arrow 12%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 14%
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