Student Advisor Salary

Student Advisors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K per year. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Student Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most Student Advisors survey respondents are women (74 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,301 - $52,417

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$10.00 - $20.85

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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
$30,301 - $52,417  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
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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$28,447 - $51,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 321
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$13.09 - $36.20  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,966  
   
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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$28,447 - $51,103  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 79
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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 it's uncommon, some Student Advisors move into roles as Attorneys, where pay is an average $81K per year. Student Advisors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Software Engineers or Mechanical Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $36K higher and $23K higher, respectively.

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Survey results suggest that Student Advisors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Mentoring, Microsoft Office, Oral / Verbal Communication, and advising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Event Planning, Program Management, and immigration. Competency in Counseling frequently indicates knowledge 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $39K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 10%

Experienced
up arrow 6%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

advising
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

immigration
up arrow 3%

Program Management
up arrow 10%

Event Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 57 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

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: 62% employee benefits None: 14%
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