The average Director of Student Services in the United States earns approximately $59K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Directors of Student Services is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,152 - $86,252
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$59K
$86K
MEDIAN: $58,924
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$14.45 - $46.37
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$40,152 - $86,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,967  
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$39,510 - $86,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 336
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.45 - $46.37  
   
Overtime
$4.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,967  
   
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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$39,510 - $86,684  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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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

  • 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.
  • Supervise and coordinate the work of student services departments and staff.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Director, Student Services


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Directors of Student Services who go on to become University Assistant Deans of Students may see somewhat stagnant compensation. On average, an University Assistant Dean of Students, an upper-level role, pays $62K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services


Directors of Student Services seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Project Management, People Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 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. Those proficient in People Management are, more often than not, also skilled in Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Student Services

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Directors of Student Services — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $53K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $57K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $63K in this role. Directors of Student Services with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $65K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,787

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

With a pay rate for Directors of Student Services that is 36 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Student Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+20 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Milwaukee (+14 percent). Directors of Student Services in San Diego earn salaries far below the national average by 20 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Employers also pay below the national average in Dallas (20 percent lower) and Denver (18 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Director, Student Services

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
11%
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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
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National Average
$59,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 5%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 6%

Event Planning
up arrow 27%

Customer Service
up arrow 31%

Operations Management
up arrow 34%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
34%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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