Bursar Salary

Bursars in the United States take home an average $50K per year. Compensation ranges between $32K and $72K per year. Female Bursars make up most of the survey respondents at 79 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Bursars. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$35,433 - $78,409
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$78K
MEDIAN: $50,148
10%
50%
90%

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$11.92 - $25.04
(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
$35,433 - $78,409  
   
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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$32,135 - $72,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 118
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $25.04  
   
Overtime
$18.31 - $27.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
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).
)
$32,135 - $72,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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Bursars usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Billing, Accounting, Customer Service, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and Accounting. Accounting and Customer Service are also commonly seen together.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

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


Bursars with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $43K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $50K. Bursars claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $51K. 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 $56K.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Billing
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%
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