The average Director of Student Services in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Directors of Student Services making up 79 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,278 - $88,269
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$40K
$59K
$88K
MEDIAN: $59,174
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$12.50 - $47.83
(Median)
$12
$18
$48
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$40,278 - $88,269  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
Total Pay (?
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$39,790 - $88,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 354
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $47.83  
   
Overtime
$9.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,787  
   
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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$39,790 - $88,046  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Director, Student Services

Student services directors are responsible for a number of tasks related to their institution's student body. They are typically in charge of developing guidelines for students, recommending new or revised policies that correspond with state and federal guidelines, managing student services staff, and overseeing budgets for student services. These directors also review and approve distribution of materials for students, parents, and staff members, as well as develop and approve programs targeted at students. Student services directors typically work in an office environment during regular business hours. They are generally hired by educational institutions such as colleges, universities, and high schools. On a daily basis, student service directors work and communicate with students, parents, staff members, and other internal and external individuals.

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Director, Student Services Tasks

  • Oversee the administration of the budget for extracurricular activities, student services, and events.
  • Coordinate times, locations, and logistics for student activities, meetings, and events on a campus.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of student services departments and staff.
  • Manage the operation of extracurricular programs and services for students at a school or university.
  • Identify and implement strategies for increasing student use of services and involvement in programs.

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Many Directors of Student Services move into an University Assistant Dean of Students role, which does not lead to a big boost in pay. University Assistant Deans of Students on average bring in a similar salary to Directors of Student Services.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services


Survey takers working as Directors of Student Services report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, People Management, Project Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 17 percent. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Customer Service and Event Planning also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know People Management also know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Student Services

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


For Directors of Student Services, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $54K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $57K. Directors of Student Services with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $64K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $68K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,066

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Directors of Student Services will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 35 percent. Directors of Student Services will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+20 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Boston (+13 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Directors of Student Services have considerably lower salaries, 20 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Denver and Fort Lauderdale are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 19 percent less than the median.

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Experience Affects Director, Student Services Salaries



National Average
$59,000



Skills That Affect Director, Student Services Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 17%


Project Management
up arrow 7%



Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$59,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 7%

Event Planning
up arrow 25%

Customer Service
up arrow 31%

Operations Management
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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