Bursar Salary

For Bursars, yearly average wages total $50K annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $32K to $72K per year. Most Bursars survey respondents are women (79 percent). The majority of Bursars claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,401 - $78,678
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$79K
MEDIAN: $50,049
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50%
90%

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$11.89 - $25.12
(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
$35,401 - $78,678  
   
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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$31,967 - $71,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 117
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $25.12  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $26.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
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).
)
$31,967 - $71,647  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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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Job skills reported by Bursars are limited. 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. Aptitude in Accounting tends to also indicate an understanding of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Bursar

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


For many Bursars, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $43K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $50K. Bursars see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Bursars with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $56K.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Experienced
up arrow 4%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Billing
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Customer Service
up arrow 9%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 17%

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
27%
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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