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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. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Student Advisors making up 71 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,735 - $52,394
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MEDIAN: $39,789
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$10.34 - $20.99
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,735 - $52,394  
   
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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$27,848 - $51,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.34 - $20.99  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $38.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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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).
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$27,848 - $51,284  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 52
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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 usually experience a big boost in pay as they move up the career ladder to upper-level roles like Software Engineer. The average pay for a Software Engineer is $75K annually. A common career progression for a Student Advisor is to become a Mechanical Engineer or a Civil Engineer. Compared to Student Advisors, the first group earns $23K more on average, and the second group earns $20K more.

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Student Advisors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with immigration, Microsoft Office, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 5 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Program Management and Event Planning, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those with knowledge of Counseling tend to be skilled in Customer Service as well.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 23%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

immigration
up arrow 20%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

advising
up arrow 2%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
up arrow 5%

Program Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 48 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 14%