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Director, Student Services Salary

Earnings for Directors of Student Services in the United States come in at around $57K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $85K per year. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Directors of Student Services survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Directors of Student Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. 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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$39,491 - $84,943
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$85K
MEDIAN: $56,843
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$11.58 - $28.73
(Median)
$12
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$39,491 - $84,943  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,190  
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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$36,417 - $85,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 516
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.58 - $28.73  
   
Overtime
$1.33 - $32.56  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,190  
   
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).
)
$36,417 - $85,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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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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 results suggest that Directors of Student Services use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Data Analysis, Project Management, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 13 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. Operations Management and Event Planning, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Counseling are also skilled in People Management.

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, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $49K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $56K. On average, Directors of Student Services make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Directors of Student Services who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $69K on average.

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Experience Affects Director, Student Services Salaries




National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Director, Student Services Salaries

Data Analysis
up arrow 23%

Project Management
up arrow 13%


Program Management
up arrow 2%

Budget Management
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$56,000

Counseling
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 20%

Operations Management
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 110 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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