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Student Advisor Salary

Student Advisors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Student Advisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Female Student Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,906 - $52,696
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,980
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90%

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$10.86 - $21.00
(Median)
$11
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,906 - $52,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,987  
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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$28,301 - $51,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 268
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.86 - $21.00  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $38.33  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,987  
   
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).
)
$28,301 - $51,318  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Student Advisor

Universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools are the typical employers of a student advisor. These institutions use student advisors to assist enrollees in creating academic schedules and making progress towards graduation. The advisor assists students and provides them with the tools necessary to be successful in their academic careers.

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Student Advisor Tasks

  • Sustain contact with students throughout their education journey and guide them towards graduation.
  • Provide mentoring and success strategy counseling services to students.
  • Issue recommendations to the proper department for enhanced student success.
  • Advise students on potential avenues of education based on strengths and interests.
  • Assist with student enrollment and registration.

Common Career Paths for Student Advisor


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Student Advisors sometimes assume positions such as Attorneys. That role pays $81K per year on average. Software Engineers or Registered Nurses are common next-step roles for Student Advisors moving up in their careers; annual pay for Software Engineers is $36K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Registered Nurses.

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Survey results show that Student Advisors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Mentoring, Microsoft Office, Oral / Verbal Communication, and advising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Program Management and Event Planning. Experience with Counseling is often linked with knowledge of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $38K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. Student Advisors see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 11%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

advising
up arrow 2%

immigration
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 12%

Program Management
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%
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