Associate Dean of Students (university) Salary

With about two-thirds of Associate Deans of Students in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience, the field is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Average pay for Associate Deans of Students is $84K annually and can range from $55K on the lower end to $144K per year near the higher end. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction for Associate Deans of Students is high. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Associate Deans of Students are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$55,336 - $143,977
MEDIAN: $83,751

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$54,799 - $143,596  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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Job Description for Associate Dean of Students (university)

The associate dean of students for a university is responsible for coordinating and supervising student activities, managing details such as training and supervising staff, working with staff members to prepare for new initiatives, and ensuring university rules are followed at all times. Additionally, associate deans of students are responsible for planning and analyzing budgets for all related activities, as well as reporting on the progress of each initiative to university administrators.


Associate Dean of Students (university) Tasks

  • Aid in the development of academic and career-development workshops.
  • Assist with the direction and execution of academic and career advising activities.
  • Recruit, select, supervise, and review staff across multiple levels within the college.
  • Design, develop, and implement support for academic planning for students.
  • Conduct curriculum assessment and provide assessments as necessary.

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Survey results show that Associate Deans of Students typically report just a few professional skills. Curriculum Planning and People Management are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Those listing People Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Dean of Students (university)

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

Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $68K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $82K. Associate Deans of Students with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $93K. Associate Deans of Students who have racked up more than two decades of experience report lower incomes overall; the average sum for this crowd comes out to only $91K.

Associate Dean of Students (university) Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Associate Dean of Students (university) in South Bethlehem:
"Negotiate don't just accept first salary offer."
I was so happy they chose me that I accepted on the spot without negotiation. Mistake.

Associate Dean of Students (university) in Daytona Beach:
"Stay in your lane."
It's easy to want to jump in and fix all the problems across campus. It's important to know when to "stay in your lane". By taking on the decisions that others should be making, you discredit the things you are skilled at doing. Make sure your supervisor acknowledges both publicly and privately large scale projects, high profile events, tasks which are critical to the mission of the university.

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Experience Affects Associate Dean of Students (university) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Associate Dean of Students (university) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.


61 %
39 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
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20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 94% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 2%