Student Advisor Salary

Those pursuing careers as Student Advisors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $40K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. For the most part, Student Advisors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Student Advisors making up 71 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,946 - $52,569
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $39,904
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$10.21 - $20.96
(Median)
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$17
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,946 - $52,569  
   
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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$28,174 - $51,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $20.96  
   
Overtime
$11.75 - $37.31  
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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$28,174 - $51,239  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 74
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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 some Student Advisors move into positions like Attorney (where the average salary is $81K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Student Advisor is to become a Software Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer. Compared to Student Advisors, the first group earns $36K more on average, and the second group earns $23K more.

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Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Program Management and Event Planning. Aptitude in Counseling tends to also indicate an understanding of Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


For Student Advisors, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $38K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $41K. Student Advisors see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income 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 4%

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%

advising
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 2%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

immigration
up arrow 3%

Event Planning
up arrow 12%

Program Management
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 14%
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