Bursar Salary

Pay for Bursars in the United States sits in the ballpark of $51K annually. Compensation ranges between $32K and $77K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Bursars making up 78 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Work is enjoyable for Bursars, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,575 - $80,772
(Median)
$36K
$51K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,896
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$11.84 - $25.28
(Median)
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,575 - $80,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
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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$32,268 - $76,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 130
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.84 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$24.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,000  
   
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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$32,268 - $76,808  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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

  • 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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Bursars report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Billing, Customer Service, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Accounts Receivable as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Billing also typically command lower compensation. Accounting and Customer Service are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

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


For many Bursars, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $44K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $52K on average — a distinctly larger sum. On average, Bursars make $52K following one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Bursar generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $56K.

Bursar Reviews

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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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$50,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

Accounting
up arrow 3%

National Average
$50,000

Billing
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 14%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 64%
medical benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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