Bursar Salary

Bursars in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $53K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,012 - $75,187
$37K
$53K
$75K
MEDIAN: $52,813
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$14.83 - $30.99
$15
$19
$31
MEDIAN: $19.09
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$37,012 - $75,187  
   
Bonus
$243.98  
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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$35,008 - $74,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 95
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.83 - $30.99  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$243.98  
   
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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$35,008 - $74,481  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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Job Description for Bursar

A bursar is often an employee of a university or private school, who is in charge of supervising student enrollment fees, accounts, payments, and reports. Bursars can also work on cruise ships and in other environment that involve financial accounts. A bursar at a school typically supervises a department, which handles what are often complex and widely varying arrangements. The bursar's office typically interfaces and exchanges information with a financial aid department, but is not typically involved in helping students secure such aid. The bursar does issue regular statements to students showing monies owed, payments made, and current outstanding balances.

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Bursar Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

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Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

Pay by Experience for a Bursar has a positive trend. An entry-level Bursar with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 45 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Bursar with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 55 salaries. An experienced Bursar which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 38 salaries. A Bursar with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $65,000 based on 11 salaries.

Bursar Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Bursar?

Bursar in Orange:
"Professional management of financial services for students."
Pros: Positive work environment with the ability to multi task in a professional manner. Able to provided excellent customer service to families, staff and outside vendors with regards to billing and collection of tuition and fee's.
Cons: Our team in the office needs to have more detailed specifics as to responsibilities of certain positions held.

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Key Stats for Bursar

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
▲26%

Experienced
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

Accounting
▲21%

Account Management
▲6%


National Average
$51,000

Customer Service
▼1%

Accounts Payable
▼1%

bill collections
▼6%

Billing
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
90 %
Male
10 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 11%
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