Director, Student Services Salary

Median pay for Directors of Student Services in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $57K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $37K and $83K per year. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Directors of Student Services survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most Directors of Student Services like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,441 - $83,646
(Median)
$39K
$57K
$84K
MEDIAN: $56,679
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$11.50 - $29.20
(Median)
$12
$15
$29
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$39,441 - $83,646  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
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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$37,142 - $83,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 524
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $29.20  
   
Overtime
$9.00 - $37.50  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,047  
   
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).
)
$37,142 - $83,499  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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.

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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 $61K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services


Survey results imply that Directors of Student Services deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 5 percent, respectively. 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 familiar with People Management also tend to know Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Director, Student Services

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


For many Directors of Student Services, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $69K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Directors of Student Services that is 44 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Student Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+43 percent), New York (+27 percent), Seattle (+13 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Directors of Student Services is geography, with workers in Dallas earning a whopping 26 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Fort Lauderdale and Rochester (14 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

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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 3%

Budget Management
up arrow 1%

Counseling
0%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

National Average
$56,000

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 20%

Customer Service
up arrow 28%

Operations Management
up arrow 31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 100 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
31%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

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