Student Advisor Salary

Student Advisors in the United States are not likely to strike it rich; they only make around $40K per year on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Female Student Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 73 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Student Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,041 - $52,252
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $39,978
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90%

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$9.99 - $20.87
(Median)
$10
$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
$30,041 - $52,252  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
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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$27,921 - $51,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 306
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.99 - $20.87  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $36.20  
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 - $2,973  
   
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).
)
$27,921 - $51,044  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
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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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There are some Student Advisors — though it's uncommon — that transition into Attorneys, where earnings are an average $81K annually. Software Engineers or Mechanical Engineers 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 $23K higher for Mechanical Engineers.

Academic Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

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Student Advisors report using a wide range of professional 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 pay less than market rate include Program Management and Event Planning. Employees educated in Counseling are typically practiced in Customer Service, too.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


For Student Advisors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $38K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $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
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
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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