Director, Student Services Salary

Directors of Student Services in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. Earnings sit near $39K on the lower side but can approach $85K per year on the higher side. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Directors of Student Services make up most of the survey respondents at 77 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,948 - $84,774
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$58K
$85K
MEDIAN: $58,149
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$10.36 - $37.47
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MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,948 - $84,774  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,091  
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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$39,033 - $84,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 577
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$10.36 - $37.47  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$18.59  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,091  
   
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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$39,033 - $84,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Directors of Student Services' salary tends to stay somewhat level for those who assume higher-end positions like University Assistant Dean of Students. Median pay for University Assistant Deans of Students is $62K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services


Survey results imply that Directors of Student Services deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Project Management, People Management, and Program Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 20 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.


Directors of Student Services with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $51K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $56K. Directors of Student Services see a median salary of $63K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,595

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

Home to some of the best pay for Directors of Student Services, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 39 percent above the national average. Directors of Student Services will also find cushy salaries in San Diego (+38 percent), New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Director of Student Services' salary, with Dallas Directors of Student Services earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 17 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Denver and Fort Lauderdale.

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Experience Affects Director, Student Services Salaries



National Average
$58,000



Skills That Affect Director, Student Services Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 20%

Project Management
up arrow 10%


Program Management
up arrow 2%

National Average
$58,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 5%

Event Planning
up arrow 20%

Customer Service
up arrow 29%

Operations Management
up arrow 33%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
24%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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