Student Advisor Salary

Student Advisors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Job satisfaction for Student Advisors is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Student Advisors making up 74 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,168 - $53,233
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,118
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90%

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$10.09 - $22.14
(Median)
$10
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,168 - $53,233  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$27,894 - $52,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $22.14  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $39.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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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$27,894 - $52,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Student Advisors sometimes become Attorneys, where the average income is $81K per year. The most common next step for a Student Advisor is to become a Software Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer. The former position pays an additional $37K per year on average, and the latter position pays $24K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Student Advisor


Student Advisors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Mentoring, Microsoft Office, advising, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning, Recruiting, and Customer Service. Most people who know Counseling also know advising.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Student Advisors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $39K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $41K. For Student Advisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $43K.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

advising
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Program Management
up arrow 1%

immigration
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%


Recruiting
up arrow 7%

Event Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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