Student Advisor Salary

Pay for Student Advisors in the United States is very modest at just $40K per year. Residence and experience level 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. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Student Advisors making up 74 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,168 - $53,233
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,118
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$10.09 - $22.14
(Median)
$10
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$30,168 - $53,233  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
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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$27,894 - $52,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 393
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.09 - $22.14  
   
Overtime
$13.41 - $39.26  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,980  
   
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).
)
$27,894 - $52,013  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96
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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 who advance into the role of an Attorney are fairly uncommon. Attorneys on average earn $81K per year. Typical career progression for a Student Advisor involves becoming a Software Engineer or a Mechanical Engineer, roles that pay $37K more and $24K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Student Advisor


Survey results suggest that Student Advisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Mentoring, Microsoft Office, advising, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Event Planning, Recruiting, and Customer Service. Most people familiar with Counseling also know advising.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average beginner in this position makes around $39K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. Student Advisors bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $43K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 9%

Experienced
up arrow 7%

Mid-Career
up arrow 5%

National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

Mentoring
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

advising
up arrow 2%

Counseling
up arrow 1%

National Average
$39,000

Program Management
up arrow 1%

immigration
up arrow 3%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%


Recruiting
up arrow 7%

Event Planning
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 63 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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