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Bursar Salary (United States)

The average Bursar in the United States earns approximately $50K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $34K, and the higher rates verge on $78K per year. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Bursar Salary (?
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$35,413 - $80,139
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $49,532
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Bursar Salary (?
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$11.00 - $26.18
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$35,413 - $80,139  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
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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$34,492 - $78,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 98
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.00 - $26.18  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,020  
   
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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$34,492 - $78,176  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Those who have experience with Accounting, Customer Service, and Accounts Receivable can expect to be compensated well for these skills. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Receivable, Customer Service, and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $49K. Bursars claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $52K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 8%
Late-Career
up arrow 7%
Mid-Career
up arrow 2%
National Average
$48,000
Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$48,000
Accounting
up arrow 4%
Customer Service
up arrow 9%
Accounts Receivable
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
79%
female alumni
 
Male
21%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 15%