Director, Student Services Salary (United States)

Student Services Directors in the United States typically take home $55,253 per year. Pay generally spreads from $35,224 to $81,874 per year. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Men are solidly outnumbered in the field, with women representing 76 percent of workers. Job satisfaction for Student Services Directors is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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 see a large difference in pay with career advancement. Usually, those who transition into an upper level Assistant Dean of Students (University) position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services

Student Services Directors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to 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. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $49K; however, pay rises to approximately $55K after five to 10 years. Compensation is $62K after 10 to 20 years. 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 around one 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. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$55,000
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San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for Student Services Directors, 46 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, Washington, Seattle, and Chicago, where Student Services Directors annually earn 22 percent, 18 percent, 14 percent, and 7 percent more than the national average. The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Rochester.

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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
up arrow 9%
Counseling
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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National Average
$55,000
Oral / Verbal Communication
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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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