Director, Student Services Salary (United States)

Student Services Directors in the United States pull down an average of $55,253 per year. Pay starts at $35,224 and can approach $81,874 per year on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Student Services Directors are women (76 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Director, Student Services Salary (?
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$38,755 - $81,407
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MEDIAN: $55,842
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Director, Student Services Salary (?
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$11.50 - $27.61
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$38,755 - $81,407  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,204  
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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$35,224 - $81,874  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 464
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $27.61  
   
Overtime
$1.33 - $32.56  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,204  
   
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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$35,224 - $81,874  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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.

Common Career Paths for Director, Student Services

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Student Services Directors do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. Oftentimes, an upper-level role like Assistant Dean of Students will not bring in more money than some lower-level roles.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, People Management, and Budget Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 12 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Those listing Operations Management as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Event Planning and Oral / Verbal Communication also typically command lower compensation. Most people familiar with Counseling also know People Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Student Services

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Student Services Directors with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. New salaries start at $49K and reach $55K in five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $62K. The 20-year mark seems to bring slower salary growth, and Student Services Directors at this tenure level tend to see their incomes plateau to $68K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 1 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 12 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, more than half land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Diego
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New York
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Chicago
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National Average
$55,000
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With a pay rate for Student Services Directors that is 46 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Washington, Seattle, and Chicago, top-paying markets where Student Services Directors rake in more than the national norm (+22 percent, +18 percent, +14 percent, and +7 percent). In Rochester, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Director, Student Services Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Director, Student Services Salaries

Data Analysis
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Budget Management
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Counseling
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$55,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 8%
Event Planning
up arrow 19%
Operations Management
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 134 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 59% employee benefits None: 10%
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