Bursar Salary

An average Bursar in the United States can expect to take home roughly $53K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The vast majority of Bursars (86 percent) who participated in the survey are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,750 - $77,036
$37K
$53K
$77K
MEDIAN: $52,988
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$14.32 - $30.09
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MEDIAN: $18.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$36,750 - $77,036  
   
Bonus
$247.17  
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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$32,251 - $75,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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
$247.17  
   
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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$32,251 - $75,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

  • 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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Bursars — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $53K on average. On average, Bursars make $55K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $65K.

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
86 %
Male
14 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
▲27%

Experienced
▲8%

Mid-Career
▲4%

National Average
$51,000

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

Account Management
▲7%

Accounting
▲6%


Accounts Payable
▼0%

National Average
$51,000

Billing
▼7%

bill collections
▼8%

Customer Service
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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