Bursar Salary

Average Bursars in the United States make around $50K per year. The pay spectrum stretches from $32K to $74K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Bursars making up 78 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,401 - $81,397

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$11.92 - $25.04

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,401 - $81,397  
   
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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$32,051 - $73,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
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).
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$32,051 - $73,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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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Bursars only 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 pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and Accounting. It is not unusual for someone who knows Accounting to be familiar with Customer Service as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

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


For Bursars, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $44K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $50K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Bursars make a median salary of $50K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 20%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

Experienced
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National Average
$49,000

Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$49,000

Billing
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Accounting
up arrow 5%

Customer Service
up arrow 10%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 18%

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
27%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 61%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 12%
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