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Bursar Salary

Bursars in the United States take home approximately $50K per year on average. Earnings generally vary between $32K and $75K per year. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Bursars making up 78 percent. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. Work is enjoyable for Bursars, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,240 - $81,333
(Median)
$35K
$50K
$81K
MEDIAN: $50,060
10%
50%
90%

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$12.00 - $25.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$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
$35,240 - $81,333  
   
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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$31,736 - $75,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 110
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $25.20  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $26.00  
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).
)
$31,736 - $75,338  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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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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Professional skills reported by Bursars are few in number. Those who have experience with Accounting, Customer Service, and Accounts Receivable can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $42K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $50K. Bursars who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $50K. 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 $52K.

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Experience Affects Bursar Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 5%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$48,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Bursar Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Accounting
up arrow 8%

Customer Service
up arrow 11%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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