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Bursar Salary

Median pay for Bursars in the United States is around $50K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $32K and $79K per year. Most Bursars like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Bursars survey respondents are women (79 percent). The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$35,163 - $83,845
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$84K
MEDIAN: $49,818
10%
50%
90%

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$11.96 - $25.28
(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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$35,163 - $83,845  
   
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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$31,562 - $79,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 108
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.96 - $25.28  
   
Overtime
$17.69 - $26.45  
National Annualized 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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
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).
)
$31,562 - $79,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23

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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. 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.


Bursars with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. 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 with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $50K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $52K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 3%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Accounting
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 8%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 15%