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Student Advisor Salary

Student Advisors in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $40K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Student Advisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Student Advisors making up 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,819 - $52,100
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,097
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50%
90%

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$10.82 - $20.88
(Median)
$11
$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
$29,819 - $52,100  
   
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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$28,249 - $50,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$10.82 - $20.88  
   
Overtime
$10.30 - $38.33  
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.
)
$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).
)
$28,249 - $50,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 65

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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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Advancing into a Software Engineer role seems to be a popular career move for Student Advisors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $75K per year. Typical career progression for a Student Advisor involves becoming a Registered Nurse or a Mechanical Engineer, roles that pay $16K more and $23K more on average.

Academic Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

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Survey results show that Student Advisors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in immigration, Microsoft Office, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Program Management and Event Planning, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Counseling and Customer Service are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $38K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $41K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Student Advisors make a median salary of $43K. Student Advisors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 10%

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

immigration
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 3%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

advising
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Event Planning
up arrow 12%

Program Management
up arrow 21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 14%