Pay for Bursars in the United States sits in the ballpark of $53K annually. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Bursars are female. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$36,458 - $77,779
(Median)
$36K
$53K
$78K
MEDIAN: $52,974
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$14.32 - $30.09
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$14
$18
$30
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,458 - $77,779  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
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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$32,441 - $75,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.32 - $30.09  
   
Overtime
$8.80 - $40.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,021  
   
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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$32,441 - $75,826  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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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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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $54K. For Bursars, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $55K. As Bursars reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $66K.

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 29%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

Account Management
up arrow 7%

Accounting
up arrow 6%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$51,000

Billing
up arrow 7%

bill collections
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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