Director, Student Services Salary

Directors of Student Services in the United States take home approximately $58K annually on average. Compensation ranges from $39K on the lower end to $85K per year on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Directors of Student Services survey respondents are women (77 percent). Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Directors of Student Services is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took 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.

Common Career Paths for Director, Student Services


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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 $62K.

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Popular Skills for Director, Student Services


Directors of Student Services report using a deep pool of skills on the job. 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 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.


Directors of Student Services do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $51K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $56K. On average, Directors of Student Services make $63K following one to two decades on the job. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $72K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $57,595

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

With a pay rate for Directors of Student Services that is 39 percent greater than the national average, Washington offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Directors of Student Services can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Diego (+38 percent), New York (+23 percent), Seattle (+19 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Directors of Student Services in Dallas report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Workers in Denver and Fort Lauderdale earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (17 percent less).

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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
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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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